You’ve heard that tanning is awful for your skin, and you’ve heard us (and basically everyone else) preach the importance of sun safety. But the fact remains that one in five people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and we’re definitely not OK with that stat. So in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness month (i.e., this month), we’re going to dust off our soapbox once more and stand up alongside other safe-sun advocates, like Jennifer Garner.
Garner, a Neutrogena ambassador, has joined the Neutrogena Choose Skin Health initiative, which encourages skin-cancer education and offers free screenings in partnership with the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. “It’s crazy that skin cancer is the most preventable of the cancers, yet there are new cases of it every year, more than [there are of] colon, lung, breast, and prostate cancers combined,” she said at a recent event. “It’s like, Come on people! It’s not sexy, but let’s do this!” Neutrogena will help you find a doctor close to you who will do a free skin-cancer screening. For her part, Garner is diligent about getting herself and her family checked regularly, as well as protecting them on a daily basis. “My children are slathered in sunscreen—they are so pale,” she says. “It’s just a nonnegotiable part of the morning.”
And though being covered in sunscreen used to evoke images of white, sticky residue all over your skin, many of the newer formulas are lightweight and nongreasy. (We bow down to Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen). “The one I use is Neutrogena Sheer Ultra Dry. It just goes away without any greasiness, and you don’t have to worry about it once it’s on,” says Garner.