Jennifer Garner is one of Hollywood’s most trusted skincare gurus. At 49, the actress still has the same flawless complexion that she had years ago—and one of her most trusted secrets to great skin comes from her mother.
In a new interview with Byrdie, Garner claimed that her mother “said to me forever ago, ‘Jennifer, you better take care of your neck,’” the actress recalled, mimicking a Southern accent. “It’s all from my mom.”
Garner’s mother apparently keeps her skincare routine super-simple—“I’ve seen my mom in makeup, like, a couple times in my life,” she said—meaning her tips are both infrequent and very helpful. “Definitely, if my mom says it, then you really have to do it. You’re not gonna get a ton of skincare advice from her,” Garner continued.
“So, yeah, ladies, you heard it here first: Pat Garner says take care of your neck,” she said. “There you go.”
Now that she’s approaching 50, the actress has been taking that advice even more seriously in recent years. “Now, I just am more careful about my neck. I’m more careful about my eyes,” she revealed. “I’m more likely to take the time to take care of those parts of my skin … and my hands. That’s the other thing, just being a little more careful about my hands.”
Another huge part of her skincare routine is Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Pro+ 0.5% Power Serum, which she’s raved about extensively for its smoothing, brightening, anti-aging power.
“It’s the mack daddy. It is no joke,” she said of the $30 serum, which has replaced both “prestige products” and a much more expensive option initially recommended by her dermatologist. “They were like, ‘You know what, you can get the same thing at the drugstore if you get Neutrogena.’”
“Skin is the most important to me,” Garner continued. “I’m not a makeup person. And so what I do love is just that fresh, right-out-of-the-shower, new skin”.