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Jennifer Garner Says Her Biggest Skincare Struggle Was Adding Retinol to Her Routine — Here’s Why

Jennifer Garner skincare black dress diamond necklace hair The Art of Elysium's 12th Annual Celebration - Heaven
Jennifer Garner attends The Art of Elysium's 12th Annual Celebration - Heaven, on January 5, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Jennifer Garner may like to go bold with makeup on the red carpet but on a daily basis she prefers a totally natural look, making skincare an absolute necessity.

At 46-years-old, she seems to have a handle on what her skin needs. When talking with Marie Claire, the actress opened up about her anti-aging skin care habits, including one thing in particular she’s struggled with.

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“My biggest skin care struggle was definitely figuring out retinol,” Garner told the online publication. “Being in my mid-40s, retinol really is the most important product for anti-aging. But I have sensitive skin, so everything people gave me kept turning my face red, itchy, and blotchy.”

She found her answer in the much more gentle Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair. “It’s combined with an oil so it’s a little more gentle than other retinols and doesn’t irritate my skin.”

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This exfoliating ingredient is a go-to for tons of A-listers. Reese Witherspoon recently told Refinery29 that gets her dose of retinol through Elizabeth Arden’s Retinol Ceramide Capsule Line Erasing Night Serum. This formula is the first retinol product Witherspoon has tried and has come to seriously love the results. “It has really changed the tone of my skin. I used to have a really uneven tone,” she told the publication.

As a Neutrogena spokesperson, Garner has always had a strong focus on proper skin care, but she tends to keep her routine nice and simple. After she washes her face every night, she uses a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid. This helps combat sallowness and uneven texture — two things the 13 Going on 30 star hates.

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For her morning routine, she always tops it off with a sunscreen. “Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer 100 SPF goes on well under makeup and just makes everything look better,” she said.

That’s it! Four quick steps and Garner’s makeup-free complexion looks absolutely #flawless.

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