Jennifer Garner has worked as Neutrogena brand representative for years. She usually goes without makeup day-to-day and she’s talked about feeling like a different person when she’s fully made up for events, and wondering what kind of influence that has on her daughters. So up until now she’s focused her Neutrogena promotion on skincare primarily sunscreen and has not done much with Neutrogena’s makeup line. (Last year, in a promotional interview, she said “I feel like makeup ages you” and said that she only wears a little concealer, a little blush and maybe some lipstick if she remembers.) Jennifer also has ads for Neutrogena’s Rapid Repair wrinkle cream and retinol oil. The ad I saw focuses on her lifestyle and includes a clip of her baking cookies and collecting eggs from her chickens. So this is just a promotional interview she’s doing for Neutrogena.
“First off, I wash my face every single night, no matter what,” says Garner. “I honestly wear no makeup unless there’s a reason to, but if I happen to have eye makeup on that day I’ll remove all of it.”
She adds: “I also hate that feeling when your skin looks sallow and you can see it in the texture. I swear by the hyaluronic acid in Neutrogena’s Hydroboost for that because it gives you a plump, bouncy, and dewy effect. And of course, sunscreen. The Ultra Sheer 100 SPF goes on well under makeup and just makes everything look better.”
But SPF and hyaluronic acid isn’t all Garner swears by. “My biggest skincare struggle was definitely figuring out retinol,” Garner shares. “Being in my mid-40s, retinol really is the most important product for anti-aging. But I have sensitive skin, so everything people gave me kept turning my face red, itchy, and blotchy. The Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair was a lifesaver for me. It’s combined with an oil so it’s a little more gentle than other retinols and doesn’t irritate my skin.”
I use a little Retinol oil, it came with this set of three oils that I included in a skincare post. I only use it at night and I based that on a review on Amazon for those oils. I’ve also used this very inexpensive retinol cream and it’s a nice hydrating cream. I’m not sure how well retinol works to prevent or reduce wrinkles, but I haven’t had any redness as Garner mentioned. Marie Claire quoted a dermatologist who recommended using a less than 1% Retinol solution, using it at night as it increases sun sensitivity and finding a brand that combines it with “soothing botanicals.” As for this advice from Garner, she obviously gets a little Botox and fillers but it’s not on brand for her to admit to this, especially when she’s shilling an over-the-counter product. Whatever she gets done at the dermatologist is surely doing more for her than creams and oils though.
The photos of Garner in the sequin top are from December after she seemingly had a little something done. It’s since settled, as you can see in the photo of her wearing glasses, taken yesterday. Credit: WENN and Backgrid