2 Ways To Lighten Your Skincare Routine This Summer

by Gio


Summer makes everything lighter.

Heavy sweaters give way to skimpy sundresses. Soups and stews are replaced by juicy salads and ice cream. Thick body butters are put away in favour of gel-like lotions.

Even the makeup gets lighter. Ok, I might sport the occasional neon pink lipstick or bold green eyeshadow, but I often give foundation a miss. No point in putting it on, it’ll just melt away. 🙂

With less makeup to remove, I’m giving my trusted oils a break. I’ve switched to a micellar water, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleansing Gelee Milk – it’s the perfect cleansing trick for lazy makeup days.

While I was at it, I decided to try the moisturizer from the same line, Hydro Boost Water Gel. Because, why not? Here’s what happened:


Hydro Boost Cleanser Gelee Milk

Ok, technically this is a hybrid cleanser that combines the lightness of a gel with the efficacy of a cleansing milk.

In practice, you apply it with a cotton pad and don’t rinse it away. Looks like a micellar water to me, ahem.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I love the convenience of a good micellar water on days when I’m wearing minimal or no makeup. It takes off all the dirt and grime and I can just apply serum + moisturizer afterwards.

But, when I’m wearing a lot of makeup? That’s when things get tricky. Hydro Boost Cleanser Gelee Milk does remove a full face of makeup (mascara included) but… You have to use three or four cotton pads to get it all off.

  1. That could be irritating
  2. It kinda defies the purpose of a micellar water

Micellar water is something you use when you want to get the job done quickly. If you have to waste 15 minutes and 4 cotton pads to remove everything, you might as well stick to  oil-based cleansers. In a minute, everything’s off your face.

Remember: micellar water aren’t proper makeup removers. Don’t treat them as such.

Hydro Boost Water Gel

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel is one of those moisturizers I would have snubbed until a couple of years ago. No, not because it’s drugstore. Olay Total Effects is one of my fave moisturizers, and it’s drugstore, too.

No, it’s because it has NO antioxidants. Its formula is just a basic mix of humectants to attract moisture from the environment into the skin and silicones to lock it there. 

As far as humectants go, though, they’ve chosen the best: sodium hyaluronate. This little fella attracts and binds to the skin up to 1000 times its weight in water. Plus, it works well both in high and low humidity conditions.

When skin has that much moisture, it plumps up. This alone is enough to make your fine lines look smaller – temporarily. Hydration also makes skin soft and gives the complexion a dewy glow (think Korean skin).

Translation: if an antiaging cream is what you want, look away. But if you’re simply looking for a way to keep your oily skin soft and hydrated in the summer heat, this is it.

But, use an antioxidant serum underneath it. Antioxidants are too important to be left out of your skincare completely.

Now, for the details…The cream has a lightweight, gel-like texture that absorbs immediately and dries to a slightly matte finish – the perfect base for makeup.

It doesn’t feel greasy. It doesn’t make your skin shiny. It doesn’t cause breakouts. If you’re the kind of girl who hates moisturizer, this may just make you change your mind (but, use that antioxidant serum first! – Yes, it bears repeating…).

Have you tweaked your skincare routine for summer, too? Leave a comment and let me know.

Price & Availability: Cleanser, £7.99; Water Gel, £12.99 at Boots; Water Gel, $19.99 at Ulta


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleanser Gelee Milk Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hydrolyzed Potato Starch Dodecenylsuccinate, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyacetophenone, Poloxamer 188, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Zea Mays Starch, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, BHT, Parfum

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Dimethiconol, C13_14 Isoparaf_n, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Chlorphenesin, Carbomer, Laureth_7, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, C12_14 Pareth_12, Sodium Hydroxide, Blue 1.

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SherryG July 5, 2017 - 2:59 pm

I’ll have to try the Hydraboost, I’ve heard good things about it and your post just reaffirmed it. However, the Gel has fragrance and I’m allergic. The Hydraboost Cream is fragrance free. Even though it says it’s for dry skin, I’ve heard it is still pretty light, similar to the Gel. I’ve also heard that topping it with another moisturizer seals in the moisture even better. Thanks for the reviews.

Gio July 7, 2017 - 11:01 am

Sherry, yes it’s a humectant based moisturizer so it infuses skin with plenty of moisture, which is just what dry skin needs. But dry skin usually has its protective barrier compromised so you need a moisturizer on top to seal it all in. Oily skin doesn’t have this problem. It can enjoy its hydrating benefits without the need to add more oil later. 🙂

kaido July 6, 2017 - 7:50 pm

Hi Gio. Is micellar water enough to remove sunscreen? I don’t use makeups at all, but applied mineral SPF religiously during day time nowadays so I double-cleanse at night with oil makeup remover and a cleanser; is that too much? Or I can go down with using just a good micellar water or a cleanser for removing sunscreen? Love your constant blog updates this past few weeks BTW.

Gio July 7, 2017 - 11:18 am

Kaido, no micellar water isn’t enough to remove sunscreen. I always double cleanse at night to make sure every last bit comes off.

Thanks, so glad to hear that. 🙂

Nicky Ellis July 25, 2017 - 10:45 pm

Gio, thanks for the honest review! I love beauty blogs that don’t rate every product 5/5 so that people just buy things. Very refreshing… -Nicky

Gio July 28, 2017 - 4:41 pm

Nicky, thank you! 🙂


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