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Jennifer Garner: Actor, mother of three and sunscreen enthusiast.

WWD caught up with Garner ahead of the Annual American Academy of Dermatology Winter Conference, where she is hosting an event for dermatologists on Friday on behalf of Neutrogena. Garner, who has been an ambassador for the Johnson & Johnson-owned brand for more than a decade, along with New York-based dermatologist Doris Day, will be espousing tips and tricks to help doctors encourage patients to incorporate sunscreen into their daily lives. Below, Garner shared with WWD her thoughts on sun protection.

On early prevention: 

“My friends called me Casper in high school. I was always in the theater — every summer of my life I had shows, so I was always inside and didn’t have that fun feeling of living with a summer tan. I thought I escaped all that damage, but when I was in my late 30s I woke up one day and suddenly the sun damage from my early childhood [had] showed up on my face. It shifted my behaviors so that [now I am] always religious about wearing it, even on a gloomy day. It made me feel like younger people can prevent that moment in your late 30s — it’s worth being diligent about.”

On the news this week of the FDA’s proposal for new sunscreen regulations: 

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“I wasn’t aware of whatever came up this week. I do know that higher SPFs are being recommended — at least they are to me by my derm.”

On her own sunscreen routine: 

“I don’t like that super heavy, oily, chalky feeling…I like to keep it sheer and [I wear] SPF 100+.”

On getting kids to wear sunscreen: 

“We had battles when they were younger. It’s like a seat belt — a nonnegotiable. You can’t say ‘Today I don’t want to wear a seat belt,’ we have to go in the car and you have to put this on. Sunscreen is the same way.”

On espousing the benefits of sunscreen to friends and family: 

“I’m like the sun nerd. We all know it’s important, but we don’t get how much our behaviors need to shift to really make the difference and how happy you’ll be to get ahead of it — just make it a nonnegotiable every day.” 

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