Neutrogena Hydro Boost Treatment Lotion Pre-Essence

We hold a great deal of nostalgia for Neutrogena products, having grown up with their affordable anti-blemish gels and moisturisers. Now, it appears that the stoic skincare giant has expanded beyond their staple signatures, and are embracing the Asian fad of multiple-step regimens.

Enter Neutrogena’s new Hydro Boost Treatment Lotion Pre-Essence, a watery salve that aims to soothe the redness induced by humid tropical climates.

Targeting combination skin types, the formula includes by-now familiar moisturising hero hyaluronic acid – found on the ingredients list of almost every hydrating product on shelves these days – and a botanical complex that Neutrogena says will work in tandem to infuse skin layers with calming moisturing agents.

Dermatologist tested and alcohol free, this pre-essence also boasts the latest skin tech – Neutrogena says their Progressive Release System functions as a timed release “bomb” of sorts, detonating periodically to protect against dryness for up to 24 full hours.

Designed to allow your skin to better absorb actives, we layered this under our morning makeup, and were pleased to find that it prevented slippage throughout the day. To use, massage in after your toner or softener, before proceeding to your serums and moisturiser. 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Treatment Lotion Pre-Essence, S25.90, is available at leading personal stores and pharmacies. For more information, visit You may follow the brand on Facebook at