Kristen Bell Loves This $20 Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer
When Kristen Bell detailed her skin-care routine for us last year, we were especially intrigued by her moisturizer of choice. Bell revealed that she loves using Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel, a $20 gel moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid. (P.S. She also says CBD lotion helps her sore muscles-but does it really work?)
Bell, an ambassador for Neutrogena, said that she applies the product at night after a double cleanse. The Good Place actress clearly takes skin care seriously (see her frequent face mask posts on Instagram), and the moisturizer also comes at the recommendation of Jennifer Garner and Kerry Washington. Washington even named it the one skin-care product she can't live without. (Related: The 10 Best Gel Moisturizers for Oily Skin)
Celeb endorsements aside, the moisturizer seems like a clear winner if you're looking for affordable anti-aging products and benefits, thanks to that star ingredient. Hyaluronic acid (HA), a sugar, is key for keeping skin moisturized, since it holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water. What's more, "hyaluronic acid nourishes the collagen and elastin fibers that plump and firm our skin," Emily Arch, M.D., a dermatologist at Dermatology + Aesthetics in Chicago, previously told us. Problem is, your body's natural production of HA starts to drop off in your 20's, which can lead to sagging and wrinkles. (Common fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane, which include HA, are used to treat these skin woes.)
That's why Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel and other products containing hyaluronic acid are so hyped. Bell's pick is lightweight and oil-free, which is ideal for someone who doesn't like the feeling of thick cream. But if that's not your thing, Neutrogena has expanded the Hydro Boost line to include all kinds of HA goodies, like a sheet mask, eye cream, and even foundation. You can try a version of the moisturizer for extra-dry skin made with olive extract, or pair the serum with an anti-aging retinoid to combat their drying effects. At drugstore prices, might as well test them all out!