May has ushered in some consistently summer-y weather (finally!)—and since it also happens to be Skin Cancer Awareness month, now is the perfect time for a refresher course on safeguarding skin from the sun. Skin cancer affects 1 in 5 Americans, and there are more new cases every year than breast, prostate, and lung cancer combined.
We sat down with Jennifer Garner whose glowing complexion is a true testament to diligent sun protection. As a spokesmodel for Neutrogena’s Choose Skin Health Skin Care initiative, which promotes skin cancer education and offers free screenings in partnership with the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Garner schooled us on self-screening, her trick to a sunless glow, husband Ben Affleck’s own skincare habits, and her “scare ’em” parenting tactics:
How do you protect your skin from the sun?
I’m just boring about it. There’s rarely a big hat. I think all those things are great but I’m boring in that I just use sunscreen every day. I don’t mess around. I put it on first thing. I have it on now and I’m sitting inside.
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Jennifer talks to People.com about how she has been teaching her three kids about skin cancer and the families mania over all things Batman!
Jennifer Garner kicked butt as Elektra, and Ben Affleck played Daredevil before donning the Batsuit, so it’s no surprise their three children are super into superheroes.
“Oh, there is going to be Batman mania at our house next year,” Garner tells PEOPLE of Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, getting ready to watch their dad save Gotham. “But right now, it can go from Batman, to Iron Man, to Spider-Man, to any of them.”
“And just the general ninja,” she adds, laughing. “I have a ninja at my house right now.”
Garner, 43, is using her power as a public figure to help save lives outside of comic books, joining Neutrogena’s Choose Skin Health campaign.
“Skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers,” Garner says, “and meanwhile there are more cases of skin cancer diagnosed every year than breast, colon and lung cancers combined.”
She continues, “Everybody’s been touched by cancer. Luckily for me, it hasn’t hit my immediate family yet, but if you look at the statistics, it’s something that is going to touch all of us,” she continues. “It’s within our reach to find a cure, it’s within our reach to find better and more efficient treatments that do less to hurt the body. It’s all happening, but we have to make sure these brilliant doctors are supported and funded.”
In honor of “Melanoma Monday,” Neutrogena is teaming up with Target to provide free skin cancer screenings across the country.
And from May to July, for every SPF product purchased, the cosmetics company donates one to a family in need.
“We all have to stop once a year and take a good look at our bodies, go to our dermatologist and get our skin screened for any early detection, and to stock up on sunscreen for the summer coming up,” Garner says.
The actress protects her complexion with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF and stocks up on stick and spray lotions for her little ones.
And though “no kid likes to wear sunscreen,” she says she’s taught her daughters and son why it’s so important.
“They understand what skin cancer is,” she explains, “and what I’m doing now will prevent them from having to deal with it, hopefully, later in life. But mostly, they just endure me slathering it on them.”
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Today is Melanoma Monday and Jennifer has joined with Neutrogena and others to help bring awareness and encourage you to get educated on skin health!
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Jen attends the Moms+Social Good Global Moms’ Challenge at Times Center on May 1 in New York City.
Following the success of “Heaven is for Real,” Sony Pictures is gearing up its next Christian-focused drama, tapping Jennifer Garner to star in “Miracles From Heaven.”
Sony has released several successful faith-based films for mainstream audiences; this one will be released through TriStar Pictures.
Patricia Riggen is directing with “Heaven is For Real” producers Joe Roth, Devon Franklin and T.D. Jakes producing. Riggen previously directed “Under the Same Moon” and telefilm “Lemonade Mouth.”
Based on the novel by Christy Beam, the story follows a young girl who is suffering from a rare digestive disorder and finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident.
Randy Brown is penning the script. Production begins this summer.
“Heaven is for Real” was a hit for Sony, taking in more than $100 million worldwide, becoming one of the biggest faith-based hits of all time. It was one of the top grossers on the studio’s slate last year.
Garner is about to begin production on the Relativity pic “Nine Lives” opposite Kevin Spacey. She is repped by Management 360, WME and attorneys Jason Sloane and Harris Hartman.
Jen attended the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA), music’s biggest event for families, at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Saturday, April 25. ‘Disney Channel Presents the Radio Disney Music Awards,’ a television special originating from the show, airs Sunday, April 26 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT).
Jen is featured in new people issue and I have added scans to gallery.
Jennifer Garner told me last night that she tries to keep her family healthy by growing their own food.
While Garner and her hubby, Ben Affleck, don’t have a full-fledged farm, Garner said, “We talk about our food. We grow food. We talk about what goes into it and how hard it is. They plant it, they water it. We take pictures next to it.”
She added with a laugh, “I’m a geek.”
I caught up with the Danny Collins star at Cliff’s Edge restaurant in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood during an event for Just Label It, an organization fighting for food companies to label their products containing GMOs.
(The concern is that genetically modified crops are engineered to be herbicide resistant, which means farmers use more herbicides to kill off weeds. And then when the weeds become resistant, more toxic—and some scientist believe cancer-causing—herbicides are dumped onto the crops.)
It was Gisele Bundchen first told Garner about Just Label It.
“My friend Gisele and I are fed up with being kept in the dark about GMO and non-GMO labeling,” Garner said. “I got involved because she said, ‘Do you know what’s happening?’ She’s a firecracker. She said, ‘You have to educate yourself.'”
Jennifer attended “Conceal Or Reveal” Campaign Kick-Off held at Cliff’s Edge on April 20 in LA.
Step aside, Gwyneth Paltrow! There’s a new celebrity mom focused on healthy, sustainable food options for her kids. On Monday, April 20, Jennifer Garner attended Gisele Bundchen’s “Just Label It Anti-GMO Event” in L.A.’s Silver Lake neighborhood, to talk about the importance of food labels.
“I cook for my kids, and we have a garden,” the mother of three, 43, revealed. “We try to grow whatever we can, although I can’t say we have the hugest crop in the world, but I do try to pay close attention and I do my best.”
What could a guest in the Garner-Affleck home expect for dinner if Chef Jen was in the kitchen?
“I make everything,” the Danny Collins star said. “Roasted chicken and mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade bread, corn on the cob, you know, whatever.”
And though her kids — Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3 — have their own home garden and a mother devoted to educating them on healthy foods, Garner admitted that sometimes it’s an uphill battle.
“They weren’t thrilled tonight when I came to see you guys, so right now I’m not asking for their vote,” Garner said of leaving her kids at home on a school night. “But we talk about our food, we grow food, we talk about what goes into it. They planted it, they water it, they take pictures next to it.”