Jennifer Garner: 'My Friends Used to Call Me Casper!'

03/15/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

Jennifer Garner skin, makeupLarry Busacca/Getty

When it comes to skincare, who better to trust than Jennifer Garner? At 40, she’s a safe sun fanatic, and it shows: her skin is amazing.

“The more that I’ve worked with Neutrogena, the more I’ve learned about skin cancer,” the brand’s ambassador told PEOPLE at Wednesday’s Neutrogena Sun Summit. “It’s our most common… and most preventable form of cancer.”

Garner admits that in the past, she wasn’t as cautious about it. “When I was really young, no one thought of the sun as being a problem,” Garner says. “We would put on baby oil and lay in the sun to try to get brown.”

As it turns out, however, being a theater kid “saved” her complexion. While her friends spent afternoons tanning, “I was inside in the theater geeking out. My friends called me Casper!”

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These days, Garner’s daily makeup routine isn’t complete without SPF. “Right after brushing my teeth and washing my face, I put on sunscreen immediately,” she says. “It has to be in my moisturizer, in my makeup.”

And speaking of her beauty regimen, she shares that she’s happy to have a break from super-glam awards season. Though she says she loved having “such great reasons to get dressed up” (see: husband Ben Affleck’s Oscar win), the late nights out took a toll on her skin.

“There would be nights where we would get home so late for me, like 3:30, 4 in the morning,” she says, “When you’ve been wearing that much makeup for that long, you absolutely have to get it off your skin. There were a couple of nights where I used the Neutrogena makeup remover wipes … Worst case scenario, that’s the way to go!”

Now that it’s all over, Garner has happily returned to her low-maintenance look. “I had a blast,” she says, “but I was certainly fine with just going back to washing my face, a little sunscreen in my moisturizer and putting my hair in a ponytail.”

To learn more about skin health, including how to get free skin cancer screenings, visit and tell us: How do you practice safe sun?
–Catherine Kast

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carlosavs7 on

Reblogged this on carlosavs7.

memaw66 on

Jennifer Garner has always seemed to be a lovely, real person. Very refreshing. I really hope what she seems is who and what she is. I also hope that her husband really has become the Grown up mature man he seems to be now. One who loves his wife and family and values them and realizes the value and reward in making a family and taking care of them, working hard to build a really solid career and caring about the World outside all the glitz and glamour which is mostly smoke and mirrors!

Fabian on

another fake “sweet” girl next door. they usual the worse
cheated on Scott Foley and Michael Vartan
always seems to be trying to compete for mother of the year
but doesn’t even try to protect her children from paps
it’s probably more important to get her pic taken i guess
a day doesn’t go by without at least 2 sets of pics
from Jennifer Garner and her kids

rlb237 on

Shut up, Fabian.

tigs on

I love her, she seems like such a great mom and wife. They have the cutest kids.

Noneya on

Get a life Fabian! They seem like a great, down-to-earth family who really love each other and their kids!!

Jenn on

I’ve been called “casper” as well. You have to protect your skin. I think it looks good with dark hair and green eyes :)

@Fabian..kind of hard to “protect” children from the paps when they wait for you outside where ever you are, have you ever seen the lenses they have on the camera?? They can be across the street and get a good photo.

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BBB on

Isn’t it weird how we tease people if they’re too pale yet there’s discrimination if you’re too dark (i.e. not White). How bizarre! Garner looks nice in this picture.

R2D2 on

@BBB, yeah it’s weird that we complain about having too little color (esp. in the winter) and then some of these same people act alarmed around people who have “too much” color because they’re another race. So dumb. It’s just color, a variation like hair and eye color.

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