Water-based gels are the perfect last step of a skincare regimen, especially for those with oily skin. These gels help to seal in all the moisture from other skincare products and also make the skin hydrated and plump due to the presence of ingredients such as hyaluronic acid. One such water gel that has gained a lot of praise around the globe is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. I recently picked up this product from Nykaa.com, and here is what I think about it.
The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel comes in a beautiful blue plastic jar which is very sturdy. It has an additional plastic cap under the lid to prevent any leakage of the product, which makes it slightly more travel-friendly. I personally love the soothing blue colour of the packaging because even by looking at the jar, you will feel that this product provides tons of hydration.
The product itself is a translucent blue gel that spreads on the skin with extreme ease. It looks slightly shiny (wet) on the skin right after application but within a few seconds, the shine vanishes completely. It leaves the skin looking hydrated and plump without making it greasy. It feels extremely light-weight on the skin, and makes the skin feel soft and youthful for several hours. I am not sure about the 48-hour claim but I do wake up to plump and moisturised skin when I apply this product at night. The ingredient list does not contain the most natural ingredients, but it does contain hyaluronic acid, which is known to provide extreme hydration.
Overall, this gel is perfect for those with oily but dehydrated, acne-prone skin because it adds moisture without making the skin greasy or clogging the pores. The price of INR 849 for a 50g jar is decent, considering that you need the tiniest amount of product every day. If you are tired of super dehydrated skin then this is the drink that your face needs!
I was a little hesitant before starting to write this post because how much can one really write about a makeup remover? However, I do tend to read the reviews before I purchase a new makeup remover, therefore I thought that I must share my opinion of the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover with all my readers. This makeup remover claims to be super gentle on the skin and promises to not leave any oily residue. After using it for several months, here are my thoughts on whether or not the product lives up to what it promises.
I am intrigued at how this is a bi-phase makeup remover yet does not contain any oil. The brand claims that the formula is completely oil-free and therefore perfect for oily skinned people. The packaging also states that the product removes waterproof eye makeup without any tugging or stinging and contains aloe and cucumber extracts to soothe the skin. Since it is a bi-phase product, you need to shake it well before each use, to allow the ingredients to mix together.
Starting off with the positives of this product, it does remove waterproof mascara pretty easily and does not leave an oily film on the skin. However, you can still feel that there is a film of some substance on your face and personally, I am never comfortable with using such products without washing my face afterwards. Regarding the stinging of the eyes, it doesn’t sting them but it does cause an uncomfortable sensation if some of the product enters the eyes. Nothing can beat pure coconut oil at removing waterproof mascara gently and effectively, but this makeup remover also gets the job done.
My biggest complaint, however, is not with the product itself but with the packaging. I am not sure if they have upgraded the packaging in the past few months but the one I purchased some time ago has a screw on lid with a wide bottle opening, as shown in the picture below. Because of the lack of a smaller hole, I always end up applying too much product on the cotton pad, which leads to a lot of wastage. Perhaps I would prefer this product a lot more if it came in a better packaging.
The Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover is available in India at a price of INR 399 for a 162 ml bottle. I would say that the price is fair considering the amount of product you get. If you prefer using bi-phase makeup removers and want something that is not too oily then you can give this product a shot. To be honest, I will not be purchasing it again simply because I prefer cleansing oils for waterproof makeup, followed by a good face wash. One suggestion to those who buy this product is to definitely cleanse the face after using it. Trust me, no matter what the brand claims, the residue left behind by makeup removers always clogs the pores!
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