Jennifer Garner’s Skincare Advice Will Erase Any Excuse You Have For Not Wearing Sunscreen

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If you’re one of those cocky twenty-somethings (ahem, like me) who believes that she doesn’t need sunscreen because she doesn’t burn, it’s time for a bit of a rude awakening. Jennifer Garner, whose literal job is to look youthful for as long as possible, recently chatted with Elle about the underrated importance of SPF. According to Jennifer,

I think there’s this haze of denial when we’re in our 20s and early 30s where we think, ‘Well, I don’t see any sun damage on my face so I must not be someone who gets dark spots.’ The reality is that it all shows up the day you turn 35. You start to have spots and you think: Why? That’s when you realize all those younger years of overdoing it have caught up to you.

There’s nothing worse than getting good advice from someone who really know what they’re talking about and realizing that you’re a moron if you don’t follow it. I’ve resisted wearing sunscreen in my day-to-day for a long time, and Jennifer’s mini manifesto is making me consider changing my stubborn ways. She slathers the guilt on pretty thick in the rest of the quote, too:

You really should have started wearing it yesterday, so make it as much a part of your day as brushing your teeth, and don’t look back. It’s the most magical thing. It just stops aging.

FINE. While I think that the concept of anti-aging is sexist bullshit, it’s hard to argue with the abundant evidence that sunscreen does great things for your skin. And since Jennifer Garner can make an entire career out of being (among other things) stunningly beautiful, I guess she’s probably qualified to give skincare advice. You win this round, Jen. Where’s my Banana Boat 30?

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    • Samantha Escobar

      I have been obsessed with sunscreen for my entire life due to being a human glowstick, so I’m all about this.

    • Kristine

      So I’m confused on this issue. Do you wear it on your face AND your body?

      • Kristine

        I mean for daily wear here, not when you’re out by the pool!

      • Kentuckygirl

        According to my wonderful dermatologist SPF should never be used unless you’re actually going to be out in the sun and it should be showered/rinsed off afterwards. Vitamin D is definitely a vital component and since my melanoma diagnosis my avoidance of the sun has dropped my levels significantly. If I wore lotion with SPF daily it would be even worse and SPF sunscreens/sunblocks also contain some degrees of chemicals that you do not want to use on a daily basis. . Some sun is necessary :)

        When you are out in the sun it is important to wear sunscreen/sunblock on all exposed skin (including the face).

    • Melody Gramer

      I used to be one of those people who thought they didn’t need to wear sunscreen because the didn’t burn. And I also felt like if I wore sunscreen I wouldn’t get a tan. But after a lot of reading and research I learned that it is very important to wear sunscreen to protect our skin from negative effects that we may experience in the long-term. As I get older I feel that my skin is becoming more sensitive so I have started wearing sunscreen even when it is not sunny out as I do not want my face to become red and wrinkly.

    • Kentuckygirl

      Sadly it’s not enough to come out of the ‘haze of denial’ in our mid-30′s. I was diagnosed with melanoma at 28. Melanoma is the leading killer of young women aged 25-30. I strongly believe that my melanoma stemmed from a couple bad burns in my teen years (I was not ever a ‘tanner’). Sunscreen is vital always.