It’s not you, it’s me. We’ve all heard that simple, yet absolutely infuriating excuse. I know I have—and I also know that if my complexion could talk, those five words would be its favorite phrase. My skin has commitment issues paired with impossibly high-standards, which makes having a long-term relationship with a facial moisturizer quite the challenge. Every cream is either too bland (like the guy who can’t stop talking about his desk job) or too aggressive (like that other guy who almost fought the bartender for being an Ole Miss fan). Basically, my medicine cabinet is an equivalent of a little black book: Home to all my skin’s ex-boyfriends who couldn’t live up to the big game they talked. Everything changed, however, when Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel walked into my life.
From the moment I unscrewed its cap, I knew it was different than other moisturizers. Instead of the typical (read: boring) white cream consistency, it was the most pleasant shade of blue. The Jello-like formula seemed so light and airy, it almost looked like my fingers would bounce off it. Gel moisturizers, like this one, are designed to feel weightless upon application, which is why they’re great for oily or acne-prone skin. They’re also ideal for someone like me who doesn’t like the feeling of a thick, whipped cream. Living down South has intensified my desire for a barely-there finish, and luckily, this formula fits the bill. It soaks right in, allowing skin to breathe, and it doesn’t feel like it will melt off as soon as I step outside into the sweltering humidity.
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Another swoon-worthy trait is its “water gel” base. It’s made with hyaluronic acid that works like a sponge for dry skin, ensuring my face stays hydrated all day long— something my arid complexion desperately needs during the summer months. Additionally, these moisturizing properties leave me with a radiant glow... A love flush perhaps? The cherry on top is that this gel’s also a cheap date (ringing it at just $18.99) which solidifies its place in my skin’s usually fickle heart.