This £9 hydrating gel moisturiser with thousands of five-star reviews will transform both dry and oily skin

‘A long, cool drink of water for your skin’

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When it comes to skincare goals, smooth and glowing is what most of us aim for.

Whether we start off with dry skin, oily skin or skin that’s more combination, we all want pretty much the same end result.

But finding the best hydration balance for us can sometimes be frustratingly impossible.

Some moisturisers just soak right into the skin leaving it thirsty for more, while others sit atop the surface of your face leaving a sheen of greasy residue behind.

Enter Neutrogena Hydro Boost.

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The hydrating line’s water-gel moisturiser uses its own unique hyaluronic acid blend that locks hydration into the skin while continuing to release moisture into the skin throughout the day.

And the instantly absorbing formula is so light that it leaves no residue on the surface of the skin, making it a wonder find for those plagued with an oily complexion.

Of course, the powerhouse cream has been met with nearly two thousand five-star reviews from customers whose skin has been transformed by this humble star of the skincare aisles.

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Feels AMAZING,’ raved one shopper. ‘This moisturiser is sooo lightweight on your skin.

‘You only need a small dab on each cheek to cover your whole face! It absorbs so quickly and really feels amazing.

‘It also feels very cool on my skin (probably because of the gel) so i imagine it would be great if you have a little sunburn on your face!’.

‘A long, cool drink of water for your skin,’ added another shopper. ‘This makes my skin feel lovely and, at 50, plump and smooth again.

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The finish is non greasy and semi matte too. Highly recommended’.

Another customer wrote, ‘I have such an awkward skin type where I’m really oily but also dehydrated at the same time, so finding a moisturiser that gives me enough hydration but doesn’t feel heavy or greasy is such a struggle. That was until I found this...

‘This is everything I ever wanted in a moisturiser. It’s super lightweight and sinks right into my skin completely leaving no greasy trace behind. It sufficiently hydrates my skin without making it oily.

‘For oily skin it is an absolute holy grail. Won’t buy any other moisturiser ever again’.

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser

A refreshing water-gel moisturiser that contains a unique Hyaluronic Gel Matrix to instantly lock in intense hydration.

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Another claimed that it was a ‘almost a dupe for Clinique Moisture Surge,’ explaining that like the cult moisturiser it is ‘very hydrating’ and ‘sinks quickly into the skin’.

The £12.99 moisturiser is available in Boots stores across the country and on their website and is currently on offer for less than £9!

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Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home - so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a fun Rioja and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she became so obsessed with the royals that she followed breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.


Before joining the woman&home team, Aleesha wrote for their sister site GoodtoKnow, where she covered celebrity news, health advice and where to snap up the cheapest lifestyle buys. With a background in beauty, Aleesha has also written for Stylist and Women’s Health where she developed an understanding into what makes a stellar product and which brands are worth paying attention to. She never leaves the house without a slick of lip balm and a good slathering of SPF, cannot live without an eyelash curler by her side and is always on the hunt for new lipsticks to add to her ‘Lipstick of the Day’ Instagram story highlight (and color-coordinated collection).

But it’s not just beauty buys Aleesha can help you with. Social media savviness, strong PR relationships and a need to stay in the know mean she’s all about the latest fashions, clever gadgets and reliable lifestyle buys too. She loves indulging in an interior craze (with a bedroom drowned in prints, plants and pink), is a regular visitor to the Missoma and Edge of Ember 'New In' pages and can’t resist the allure of a kitchen gadget—just ask her three coffee machines.

When she’s not playing around with new products and testing anything she can get her hands on, Aleesha spends most of her time with her head in a current bestseller, catching up on the latest Netflix craze with her sister, trying out new recipes, drinking wine with her bestie and (in non-COVID times) has been known to be a bit of a jetsetter amongst her friendship group. Oh and she makes the most of her Disney+ subscription by watching the Marvel films on repeat (definitely not just for Chris Evans...).

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