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The only beauty product you need this summer, according to Jennifer Garner

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And it only costs £7.75…

Jennifer Garner is known for her minimalist approach to make-up. In fact, her entire make-up routine can be pared down to just concealer, blusher, mascara and a lip pencil… and one more vital beauty product, too.

“I wear this whenever I am going to be outside,” she told People, when asked for her beauty hero.

“It’s sheer, so your skin doesn’t feel gross when you put it on.”

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Still not sure which product it is that Neutrogena ambassador Garner is talking about? Why, it’s sun cream, of course – or, to be more specific, Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer SPF100 Dry-Touch Lotion.

According to Neutrogena, the “best-selling Ultra Sheer® line provides powerful sun protection” that “goes on easily and absorbs quickly for an invisible, light-weight feel on your skin”.

Better still, it’s non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), PABA-free and wearable under make-up, too. And it’ll only cost you £7.75 on Amazon.

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Of course, Garner wasn’t always so hot on sun protection. When she was growing up in the Eighties, she layered on the oil and soaked in the sun – which, as we all know now, is incredibly damaging to the skin. Now, though, she has made sun cream as integral to her skin-care regime as moisturiser.

“You don’t have intentions to brush your teeth, then not brush them,” she previously told Allure. “We all brush our teeth, every single day. [Sun cream] has to be as non-negotiable as brushing your teeth.”

Noting that just five sunburns over the course of your lifetime doubles your risk of melanoma (as reported by the Skin Cancer Foundation), Garner added: “You have to wear sunscreen every day.

“It’s just part of your life. It’s part of being a human.”

 Naturally, dermatologist and founder of skin clinic Eudelo, Dr Stefanie Williams, agrees with Garner whole-heartedly.

As she previously told Stylist: “We have to make sure to protect ourselves not only from burning on holiday but also from chronic low-level exposure. I always recommend to all of my patients to wear SPF 30-50 all year round. UVA rays do not fluctuate as much throughout the seasons as UVB does so you might not have the warning sign of burning but they are still damaging your skin. Both lower-level incidental sun exposure (like going shopping or commuting to the office) and episodically stronger sun exposure (like a sunny holiday) are contributing to skin damage, including premature skin ageing and increased risk of skin cancer.”

Williams added: “In daily use we tend to vastly underestimate the amount we really need to achieve the SPF stated on the pack. The other reason is that in order to keep the protection factor up, we need to reapply every 2 hours (and after sweating and swimming), something else many people don’t do. Also, if you notice your skin getting red, it’s too late already, so never ever let it come to that. The redness comes with a delay and the maximum redness will only become visible after 24 hours.

“So if you notice your skin getting red, get out of the sun as soon as you can, as the worst is still to come.”

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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