When it comes to nourishing parched skin, having an ultra-hydrating body lotion is essential. As a skincare editor who's tested countless options, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream and Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion are two of my top picks. While both provide serious moisture, there are some differences worth noting.
The Neutrogena formula contains hydrating hyaluronic acid to bind moisture to the skin. Aveeno relies on skin-soothing colloidal oatmeal and ceramides to repair and protect the skin barrier. While Neutrogena focuses on boosting hydration, Aveeno uses more gentle, nourishing ingredients.
Texture and Feel
As the name suggests, Neutrogena has a unique gel-cream texture that feels refreshing. Aveeno has a richer, creamier feel. Neutrogena absorbs lightning-fast while Aveeno provides more of that ultra-hydrated sensation by nourishing the surface layers.
In my experience, both products are powerhouses when it comes to combating dryness and leaving skin supple. However, Aveeno’s soothing oat extracts give it a slight edge for long-lasting hydration and skin protection, especially in severely dry areas.
Skin Type Suitability
With its hyaluronic acid, the lightweight Neutrogena gel-cream works for all skin types, including acne-prone. The thicker Aveeno lotion is ideal for very dry, sensitive skin that needs extra gentle nourishing due to ingredients like colloidal oatmeal.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost absorbs rapidly, making it easy to layer under lotions or creams. Aveeno offers richer hydration on its own but can also be used with serums or oils for an extra moisture surge. Both pump-style bottles make application easy.
These two body lotions have very similar price points, usually ranging from $8 to $14 USD. The Aveeno may be a dollar or two more expensive, likely because of its natural oat extracts, but prices vary so deals are often available on both.
The products have stellar online reviews, with users noting fast absorption, long-lasting softness, and dramatic improvements in dry skin. Some do find Neutrogena isn't quite nourishing enough on its own for very flaky areas. But it works beautifully layered under creams.
The Bottom Line
Neutrogena and Aveeno provide stellar hydration through different formulations. I’d recommend light Neutrogena gel for normal to dry skin, and richer Aveeno for severe dryness. But you can’t go wrong picking either brand for a moisture boost this winter. Just be diligent about applying daily!