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I bribe my kids to apply sunscreen, says Jennifer Garner

Making sure to apply sunscreen daily on your children isn’t easy for any mum, but it sure is important, mother-of-three Jennifer Garner, who has been working with Neutrogena’s Choose Skin Health initiative for six years said.

Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner. Pic/Santa Banta

“Of course it’s a struggle! The kids do not like getting sunscreen put on, especially at at a certain age, at least not mine. If you have kids out there who like sunscreen, hallelujah!” she told People magazine on Wednesday at the Neutrogena Sun Summit.

Garner, who admits she luckily missed out on the “major baking-in-the-sun years” by mostly staying inside when she was younger, wants to ensure that her children with husband Ben Affleck — Violet, 7, Seraphina, 4, and Samuel, 1 — also avoid future skin damage by educating them about the dangers.

“We talk about skin health, and they know why they have to wear sunscreen,” she said. “If someone forgets, they’ll say ‘Hey, did you forget to put sunscreen on me?’”

She also praises Neutrogena’s kid-friendly SPF application options for making things a little easier at home.  She gives them a stick that they can rub on their faces, or they can do a spray if they want it fast.

The actress admits that she’s not above rewarding her kids for remembering their sunscreen.  “I know it’s horrible — and I’m admitting to bribery — but I’ve given them an M and M [for putting] sunscreen on before,” she said.

“I’ve [also] done a sticker chart. I’ll do whatever it takes — it has to be a non-negotiable part of life,” she added.

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