Our latest celebrity skin care crush? Jennifer Garner. She’s 42, and her skin is pretty much flawless. We chatted with the actress and Neutrogena ambassador about how she keeps her glowy youthfulness.
How important is skin care to you?
I keep my skin clean, SPF’d, and I make sure to clean and moisturize at night. That’s often as much time as I have. But I love being in the sun. I feel so lucky to live in Southern California and to wake up to a beautiful, sunny day almost every single day. As far as sun protection goes, it has to be a part of your daily routine, just like brushing your teeth. As a matter of a fact, I do it right after I brush my teeth—the sunscreen immediately goes on. Even if I’m taking my kids to school and know that I’m coming home and will work out and shower later, I don’t care. I will do it twice! I just never leave without it.
What is your favorite sunscreen?
I love Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch because you can wear it under makeup, and it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy and gross! The important thing to me is to have every possible kind of sunscreen available because you need different things at different times. I love Neutrogena Beach Defense, and I have the Wet Skin sunscreen around when we’re playing outside in the sprinklers. I love to spray sunscreen on my face and body when I need to get it done quickly. My kids often prefer the face and body sticks, and I use Pure and Free Baby on them all the time. I have sunscreen everywhere! I never go anywhere without it.
Any application tips? Do you have a special way of applying it?
You just have to be thorough. If you miss a spot, maybe you are missing that spot consistently and putting yourself at risk for skin cancer later. So my only application tip is be liberal.
When I was a little girl I used to hate being forced to wear sunscreen. How do your daughters feel about it?
All kids hate to have sunscreen put on them. One hundred percent of kids! I’ve never met one who was just dying to have sunscreen put on her face. I think you have to let them choose the form—if they want a face and body stick or a spray or the lotion. We do everything from, “I will get it on before we are finished singing the ABC’s” to “You can count to 10 and by the time you count to 10 you’re done.” Now that my kids are getting older, I’m starting to let them apply it themselves, but the key is that they have to do it every day. There can’t be a day where if they’re grumpy enough about it, I say, “OK, forget it.” It’s just part of the daily routine.
What is your favorite summer getaway destination?
The one vacation that I take with my family every year without fail is to my home state of West Virginia, and it gets hot there in the summer. So we definitely spend a lot of time with the sprinklers in the lawn at my parents’ house.
What are your beach-day essentials?
My beach essentials would definitely be a spray sunscreen because it can help repel that gritty, gross feeling from the sand, a good pair of sunglasses, flip-flops, and a bucket and shovel!
What is the makeup product you can’t live without?
You cannot go wrong with the Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Sticks. They really do add moisture and are the perfect amount of color saturation and sheer. Rich Raisin and Juicy Peach are great ones. I am wearing Bright Berry today.