Neutrogena Hydro Boost SPF 50 Sunscreen Review

Neutrogena describes their new Hydro Boost SPF 50 Sunscreen as a "water-light sunscreen that provides high sun protection while quenching skin with vital hydraton. Stabilised with Helioplex technology, it provides balanced broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection against skin-ageing UVA and burning UVB rays. Lightweight and non-greasy this sunscreen lotion uses Hyaluronic Acid to add back hydration, leaving skin looking healthy. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion provides SPF50 protection that is 4 hours water resistant, non-comdegonic so it won't clog pores and hypoallergenic." I've come to trust Neutrogena sunscreens, so when they added one to their ever-expanding Hydro Boost range, I couldn't wait to try it and asked my mum to send me a bottle (of course it ended up launching in Australia just days after I received it!). This sunscreen contains 88ml (3 fl oz) and retails for $16.99AUD ($12.49USD). Neutrogena is not cruelty free. This product was made in Canada.

Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Sunscreen comes in a bright blue opaque squeeze tube with a flip top cap. The SPF level and a few claims are printed on the front of the tube, with a full drug facts label available on the back. I really love the packaging, both aesthetically and functionally. The bright blue color is super appealing to me, and feels very summery, while the slim tube fits nicely into my backpack for easy on-the-go re-application. Unfortunately, the packaging doesn't seem to be recyclable.

I've had nothing but positive experiences with Neutrogena sunscreens, but my mileage varies when it comes to the Hydro Boost range - the only product I liked from it (so far!) has been discontinued, so I approached this sunscreen with cautious optimism. And I hated it from the first application to the last.

Neutrogena's SPF 50 Hydro Boost Sunscreen is a thin, light blue gel cream that's prone to separation (shake before use!). During application this sunscreen feels cool, watery, and weightless on the skin, spreading effortlessly, though as it begins to set it starts to feel slightly greasy on the skin. The Hydro Boost sunscreen has a pretty, slightly glowy finish on the skin and doesn't cause a white cast. This sunscreen does, however, pill like crazy. I could only wear very light foundation formulas over it, otherwise it pulled right up in patches. Despite it's claim to be water resistant for 80 minutes, Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Sunscreen couldn't stand up against sweat, and would run right off of my skin on hot days. The run off from this sunscreen was extremely irritating to my eyes, almost blinding, burning, and difficult to splash out. Eventually I began to dread using this sunscreen due to so many bad experiences with it. Over time I began to notice that Hydro Boost was actually drying out my skin, sensitizing it and causing me to break out. I developed dry patches on my eyelids and between my brows, where I'm normally quite oily. My skin improved dramatically when I stopped using this sunscreen, though I did experience some lingering dryness. Beyond all the issues I had with Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Sunscreen, I do feel like it provides adequate sun protection. I never experienced any sun burn while using it, even on exceptionally sunny, high UV Index days. So, in summary, it was dependable, just highly unpleasant to use.

Neutrogena's Hydro Boost SPF 50 Sunscreen has a base of water, glycerin, alcohol, and a mix of silicones to give it that satisfying, cooling gel cream texture. Denatured Alcohol is the third overall ingredient, which explains how drying and irritating I've found this sunscreen to be. This sunscreen contains a blend of five chemical screens that add up to a 25.2% total content. Aside from the crazy high alcohol content, my other main complaint with the Hydro Boost Sunscreen formula is it's strong fragrance, which is almost overwhelmingly floral and doesn't dissipate during wear.

I think it's clear that I'm not a fan of Neutrogena's Hydro Boost SPF 50 Sunscreen. While this sunscreen has an appealing texture and has proven it's self trustworthy when it comes to preventing sun burn, the formula didn't agree with my skin, or eyes, at all! I'll be sticking with my favorite Neutrogena Beach Defense SPF 50 Sunscreen from now on, and recommend it over their Hydro Boost option.

Active: Avobenzone 2.7%, Homosalate 9%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 9%, Oxybenzone 4.5%. Inactive: Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Caprylyl Methicone, Diisopropyl Adipate, Silica, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dimethicone, Polyurethane-62, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Pentylene Glycol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Crosspolymer, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Fragrance, Chlorphenesin, Menthyl Lactate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Trideceth-6, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Violet 2, Blue 1.

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