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I Found The Best Face Moisturizer Out There, And It's Only $15

Finally part ways with flaky, dry, and peeling skin with Neutrogena's Hydro Boost gel-cream.

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Ahh, winter. The season of snow, joy, pretty lights — and constant dry, flaky skin. I regularly struggle with peeling, especially after I put on my foundation, and on extra-dry days I feel like I go to work looking like this:

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After doing tons of research on the best moisturizers, I kept coming across Neutrogena's Hydro Boost gel-cream. It's only $15 — which is significantly cheaper than other skincare products I've used — so I figured it would be worth a try. SPOILER: It's a godsend.

It's part of Neutrogena's Hydro Boost collection, and there is also a water gel formula ($16) available, but the gel-cream is specific for "extra-dry skin" — aka mine. It's oil- and fragrance-free, so it's a great moisturizer to use daily.
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It's part of Neutrogena's Hydro Boost collection, and there is also a water gel formula ($16) available, but the gel-cream is specific for "extra-dry skin" — aka mine. It's oil- and fragrance-free, so it's a great moisturizer to use daily.

I actually use it twice a day: once at night after washing my face, and in the morning before applying my makeup. No lie, the results are immediate. My matte foundation goes on smoother than ever, and there are ZERO skin flakes!!!

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I typically get dry patches of skin on my forehead and nose year-round, but if I am diligent about applying this gel-cream, they go away rather quickly. It also makes my face look bright and glow-y, and I feel radiant on the days when I'm secretly dead-exhausted.

And because I tend to deal with dry skin throughout the entire year — even in the summer — I plan to keep this in my regimen.

Another thing I love about it is how a little goes a loooong way. It's a lightweight gel, so a small dollop can cover my entire face and I don't feel like I just caked on a heavy lotion.

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It has this incredible silky feel to it and makes my face feel so freakin' soft — like I just laid a satin blanket on my face and fused it to my skin.

On extremely dry days or during times when my face could use the extra hydration, I use this as a pre-moisturizer, let it dry, and then apply my regular face cream. I've noticed the best results when I do this process in the evening because it soaks into my skin overnight and I wake up looking and feeling rejuvenated. Depending on your skin type, this might not work as a total stand-alone product and a replacement for your regular face lotion, but most days it's all I need; when I need an extra-moisturizing boost, though, this gel pairs so well with my other cream-based moisturizers.

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And hey, lots of people (over 1,100 of 'em!) have left reviews on Amazon, and they definitely back up my claims.

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"This stuff is amazing. My dermatologist told me to get it because she said my skin was dry. I always thought it was oily. Weird. Anyway, this said it was for very dry skin so I thought it was definitely going to be thick and heavy and gross. Man. This stuff is great. It goes on and sinks in and feels almost like a primer. I put my makeup on right over it! It doesn’t make me greasy during the day ether! I highly recommend this product!!" —Alissa F. Swonke

"I've been using this for the past few weeks and I must say: I love this gel-cream. It's for extra-dry skin, and trust when I say I have extra-dry skin, especially during the winter. Suffice to say that my whole face, pretty much, gets dry and crusty, especially the forehead and chin areas. My skin gets so dry that in some parts, particularly the corners of my nose, that it peels, itches, and burns. Ever since I started using this gel-cream I've noticed a huge difference, even from the first time I used it. It keeps my face soft and moisturized the entire day. It even takes away the shine my forehead tends to get after I wash it. Every. Time. It's also very gentle on my sensitive skin; not one breakout from using it. I highly recommend it." —Amazon Customer

I truly can't recommend this product enough. It's time to finally say g'bye to dry, flaky skin.

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Get it from Amazon for $14.99, or from Walmart or Jet for $16.17.

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