Neutrogena Hydro Boost Essence & Sheer Sunblock

The past few months, I tried using Neutrogena Hydro Boost Essence as my day and night moisturizer.  And I started to use their ultra sheer sunblock too for days I know I’d be exposed to the sun.


First, my experience with the Essence.  It’s water based so it feels very light.  I love products that are watery coz they don’t give the sticky thick feeling on your face.  But then I noticed it had quite a sting on my face after applying it on.  It felt a bit strong for my skin.  But I still continued to use it day and night on my face and neck.  After a couple of weeks, I started to break out a bit.  Maybe it was a way for my skin to tell me that the product isn’t the right fit for me.  It costs 999Php for a 30ml bottle.  So I’m not just about ready to give it up and still giving it a chance 🙂   It comes in a pump which is a plus on hygiene, and the packaging looks really refreshing.

You’ll need only a pump or two for applying it on your entire face and neck.  Since it’s watery, a small amount will go a long way.  I’ve had this bottle for almost 3 months and there’s still some product left in it.

It’s definitely better than the Pond’s night cream I blogged about before.

Overall, this Essence really hydrates your skin.  It keeps my skin moisturized the entire day without leaving it oily.  I may have had a few minor breakouts (like 1-2  tiny zits) but up to this day I’m not sure if the product is what caused it.  The product is worth a try.  It might be the right fit for you.  It’s available in SM department stores.

Here’s a little more information about the product:

-The essence progressively releases moisture to keep skin constantly hydrated for as much as 12 hours. (so true)

-Intense formula comprised of hyaluronic acid and olive extract provides as much as three times your skin’s natural moisture level within an hour of application. (maybe it’s this acid that’s a bit strong for my skin that’s why I felt like there’s a little bit of alcohol feeling after application).

Here's the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Essence

Oh and by the way, this hydro boost line comes in 5 steps:

Step 1: Cleasing with Hydro Boost Mousse Cleanser.

Step 2: Toning with Hydro Boost Clear Lotion.

Step 3: Moisturize your skin with Hydro Boost Essense.

Step 4: Double up moisture with Hydro Boost Water Gel.

Step 5: Pamper your skin with Hydro Boost Mask.

I know, 5!?  Well, I’m not the type who has the patience to do all those 🙂

So I just got the Essence for the main purpose of moisturizing my skin to prevent wrinkles and keep it soft as much as possible.  And I guess I just believed my derma when she said all these steps of the beauty lines are all marketing strategies.  You may have your own opinions but I’m just sharing what I follow.

Dra. Huang (derma) said the only thing you need is to keep your skin clean.  So I use Cetaphil facial wash.  Then if I do have any  make-up on, I follow it up with the Neutrogena alcohol-free toner which is very rare!  Then I use a moisturizer afterwards.  That’s it for me!   And so far, it’s been working well.  Haven’t really had any major skin problems.


Then let me go on to my first facial sunblock experience.  Neutrogena Ultra Sheer complete UV waterlight lotion

Ultra Sheer Waterlight Lotino 30ml. Got it for 460Php at Watsons.

This product I swear by.  It’s just so light.  It also serves as a moisturizer for the day.  After I step out of the shower, I just put this on like a normal moisturizer (face and neck).  They’re true to their word when they say it’s sheer.  It really gives this smooth soft feeling afterwards.  Not like the other facial sunblocks out there that are too thick, sticky, and leaves your face with a different color!  I tried the cetaphil facial sunblock with spf 15 and its more on the heavy side.

So when the sun is out, I use this sheer sunblock with spf 50.  I just love this product.


What about you, what moisturizers have you been trying lately?