Neutrogena Has A New And Improved Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser That’s Even Better Than Before

We all love the feeling of hydrated skin. You know how refreshed and clean you feel after a shower, coupled with how plump your skin looks and feels? That’s a moment we associate with Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost range, an iconic skincare series that has recently been revamped with even better formulas.

It’s all about hydration here. According to the brand, hydration is the key to good skin, and especially important for dry or premature ageing skin. The Hydro Boost range aims to address these concerns by ensuring that our skin gets maximum hydration, an effect that’s instantly-achieved so we see smooth and plump skin right after application, while also making sure it lasts for hours so our skin looks supple and glowing for that much longer.

What we’re most excited about as well is the star of the line — the Water Gel moisturiser, packed with hydrating ingredients that give us 5 times more hydration, for an 80% stronger skin moisture barrier*. It’s also an unbelievably lightweight gel that sinks into the skin immediately, yet retains its effects long after. Read on for its benefits, and our review of the product.


‘Water Gel’ couldn’t be a more apt name for this Neutrogena product, a long-time staple of the beauty brand, thanks to its lightweight texture. The main question we’ll try to answer here though is, why reformulate a product that’s already working so well? Well, it’s because they can.

With further understanding of just how important hydration is, they’ve ensured that the Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Water Gel is now supercharged with Natural Moisturising Factors that hydrate and help strengthen the skin barrier, in order to achieve visibly plump, supple, and glowing skin.

There are three key elements to the formula. First, Hyaluronic Acid, an ingredient famous for skin hydration; the new moisturiser now contains 20% more Hyaluronic Acid than the previous formula, which helps to retain water within the skin so we experience more long-lasting hydration. At the same time, Amino Acids and Electrolytes are within the formula as well — the former helps support and strengthen the skin barrier, while the latter is there to boost the absorption of ingredients, so our skin reaps all the benefits. All these work in sync for truly hydrated skin.

Texture Test

While this one’s a new launch, we managed to get a review set in order to test out the new Hydro Boost products, and right on first swipe, we love how super lightweight the Water Gel feels. It had a gel texture that felt refreshing and soothing on the skin, and didn’t take much massaging to see it sink in. That boost of hydration once the moisturiser has been spread out is immediate as well, and along with it, my skin indeed felt visibly plump and less dehydrated.

Texture of the Water Gel.

Personally, my skin leans towards the drier side, so I wasn’t sure about how effective the long-term hydration could be. The Water Gel, however, didn’t disappoint. I like to use this in the day, whether I’m staying at home or heading out for events and meetings. In either instance, I found that the Water Gel does its job in providing sufficient and long-lasting hydration so that my skin never felt tight or thirsty, whether bare-faced or underneath makeup. The moisturer’s fast-absorbing texture also meant that I didn’t have to wait too long before applying my base makeup.


Also new is the Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Water Gel refill, in 50g that’s the exact same capacity as a new jar. This is a smart and eco-friendly approach that allows us to top up our favourite moisturiser without having to buy a completely new set — in fact, the refill pack uses 89% less plastic than a regular jar.

To use, take your empty Hydro Boost jar and twist the inner pod anti-clockwise, then lift it out of the jar and into your recycling bin. The new refill pod can then be inserted into the same jar, by twisting it clockwise until it’s locked into place.


The Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Water Gel is part of Neutrogena’s hydrating Hydro Boost range, which consists of a cleanser, lotion, serum, and three moisturisers in total. Recently, both the Hydro Boost Nourishing Cream and Hydro Boost Night Cream have been reformulated as well, so we can expect even better results from the range.

the Hydro Boost nourishing cream and night cream
Texture of the Water Gel, Nourishing Cream, and Night Cream.

If you’re wondering what differentiates these from the Water Gel, there are several ingredients that are added to each individual item, while they’re also catered for various skin types.

For those with normal, combination, dry, or oily skin, Neutrogena recommends pairing the Water Gel with the reformulated Night Cream, where the latter is ideal for nighttime conditions. All the same benefits are there, though with an added Peptide that helps with skin firmness and elasticity.

And for those with sensitive skin, it’s ideal to pair the Nourishing Cream with the Night Cream. The Nourishing Cream is a gentle, fragrance- and colouring-free formula that doesn’t irritate the skin, while also enriched with skin-soothing Ceramide and other natural lipids.

Neutrogena is currently offering a Hydro Boost bundle at 41% off! The ‘5 Steps Regimen Bundle’, consisting of the Activating Essence Lotion, Hyaluronic Acid Serum, a set of Hydrating Masks, the Nourishing Cream, and the Water Gel, is available on Shopee.


The Neutrogena Hydro Boost range, available at FairPrice, Guardian, Watsons, and the Johnson & Johnson Official Stores on Lazada, Shopee, and Amazon.

*Compared to untreated control. Based on clinical study done at SGS Stephens, Inc., Phoenix Research Center, 27 participants completed study in Dec 2021 to Jan 2022 in USA.