As much as I dislike doing this kind of post, it can’t be helped. Here are 2 products I had to let go of before emptying them out:
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel SPF 30
When I first tried Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer, the one that came in a tub with no SPF, I thought that it was only a matter of time before they came out with a sunscreen version.
I was so excited when Neutrogena launched Hydro Boost Gel SPF 30 PA++. I thought it was going to have the same feel and finish as the one without SPF, but unfortunately, it didn’t.
I did like it the first few times I’ve used it, as you might have read in my first impression review. But after a few more tries, I couldn’t really keep up using it.
Since there are enough positive reviews on this, I’ll just zero in on why I had to toss give this away:
>> This takes forever to sink in even when I apply it right after towel-drying. Waiting for it to get absorbed drives me crazy because it usually never does.Could it be that the oils on my face repel this water-based moisturizer?Most of the time, I have to use an oil-blotting sheet to get some of the product off. My skin will look nicer and more supple then. However, I don’t like doing that because I feel like I’m blotting off the anti-sun ingredients.
>> It’s ironic that it’s not sticky but it feels oily. The oily feel is probably because of the propylene glycol. It reminds me a lot of the Airol Tretinoin Lotion I used to use which had a high amount of the same ingredient.
After reading reviews, I felt bad that I seem to be the only one who didn’t like this. Even when I got it for free from a press launch a few months back (I feel like an ingrate right now), I just didn’t have the heart to throw it away. I gave it to a friend with dry skin and asked for her feedback a few weeks after. Here’s a paraphrased version of what she had to say about it:
“It takes a while to set in, I have to go in front of a fan for it to dry off. But afterwards, it made my skin look dewy and supple. I almost gave up using this in the mornings because it made my face sweat a lot. But once I reach the office or any air-conditioned place, my skin looked nice again.”
This is marketed to people with oily skin, but I think it will work better on dry-skinned people.
Active Ingredients: 5% Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, 4% Disodium Phenyl Dibenzimidazole Tetrasulfonate, 3.6% Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid
Vaseline Healthy White
In general, I avoid whitening products, but I was looking for a body lotion that has niacinamide in it. Olay’s Quench wasn’t available in most supermarkets so I bought Vaseline instead. If I remember right, this has niacinamide listed 2nd on the label.
I didn’t like this because it gave me rashes. I didn’t think it was this that’s causing the rash because I normally get rashes from eating chicken, eggs, and seafood. But when I stopped eating those, I was still getting rashes.
One time, I gave E a body massage using this. The day after, he developed rashes that looked like the ones I got and on places of his body I massaged this with. E didn’t have sensitive skin so I was pretty sure this was causing the rash. Plus, I checked MUA for reviews and found out that other people had the same reaction.
They’ve recently reformulated this and I hope they’ve remediated the side effect. Even then, I won’t be buying this again. I didn’t dare give this away to another probable victim, so off to the trash bin it went…
I hope this will be the last toss-away entry I write. Up next, the re-purposed ones…