Jennifer Garner teaches her kids to wash their faces after brushing their teeth: smart?

Jennifer Garner has been a brand ambassador for Neutrogena since 2007. While I think she’s dabbled in Botox and lip fillers like a lot of women in Hollywood, she did that years ago and she looks much more natural now. Plus she rarely wears makeup in her personal life, which gives her a kind of fresh-faced look which must appeal to Neutrogena’s customers. Garner did an interview with People to promote Neutrogena. She’s previously talked about the importance of sunscreen and retinols. In People, she said that she’s been teaching her son Samuel, 9, to wash his face after he brushes his teeth for bed.

Garner, who shares daughters Violet, 15 and Seraphina, 12, plus son Sam, 9, with ex Ben Affleck, said the “absolute must-do” that she “can’t live without” is the brand’s Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser.

“It’s in every bathroom for me and for my kids,” she said. “I will stand next to my son because I monitor his toothbrushing. And when he is done… I will cup water in my hands and give him water. And then while I’m doing that, I get his face and I get some daily cleanser because you have to wash your face before bed. You have to get into that habit.”

The mom of three added, “I don’t care if he’s 9 and he’s never heard of a pimple. I don’t care, you have to do it.”

[From People]

I wish I thought of this when my son was young! I waited until he started breaking out and then I taught him skincare. It would have easier if we started when he was younger. I wonder if Garner did this with the older girls too or if she just realized after they hit puberty that she should start earlier with Sam. (I don’t mean to make assumptions but everyone in my family has had breakouts in our teen years.) I’m not familiar with Neutrogena’s Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser wash but I really like Simple Foaming Face Wash and find it doesn’t sting eyes. As for sunscreen, I taught my son early about it. That’s something you cannot skip or your kids will pay the price.

These are pics of Garner out on Sunday (in legwarmers, I wish those would come back) and on Tuesday and Wednesday. She’s not wearing that maybe-engagement ring and she hasn’t commented on it at all. I wonder what’s going on with that.




Photos credit: Instar and Backgrid

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16 Responses to “Jennifer Garner teaches her kids to wash their faces after brushing their teeth: smart?”

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  1. Nicole says:

    I could barely get my 9 yo in the shower, much less wash his face after brushing his teeth. He’s now 13 and does take a shower without prompting, but he’s discovered girls, so there’s that.

    • AnnaKist says:

      I’m hearing you, Nicole. It was the same with my number 1 son. Number 2 son never had to be reminded to shower; like most of us, he just hated feeling grotty. I can’t use Neutrogena products. They make my skin really dry.
      So JG is carrying 2 coffees…

  2. Basi says:

    I’m sorry but I love her. That is all.

  3. olliesmom says:

    As someone who dribbled toothpaste all over her chin this morning, my answer is yes.

  4. Starryk17 says:

    Love this message. With skin care consistency is the key.

  5. Maria says:

    Cosigning the sunscreen, have worn it daily since I was 12!

  6. Jessie Quinton says:

    Because I had such bad skin issues as a teenager, I’ve made it a mission to teach my kids about skin care. I started puberty quite early and my kids have the same issue. I have Cetaphil, CeraVe and The Ordinary stuff at the ready for them, and I also teach them about the importance of sunscreen. I wish my parents would have been like that with me — my dad said just use Irish Spring, a face towel and rubbing alcohol!

  7. Nicnack says:

    Brooks and leggings, my uniform of choice. Stars, they’re just like us.😊

  8. Lena says:

    I’m sorry but she’s smart to monitor toothbrushing as well with a preteen. They think that a quick grazing over and their done is fine and the next dentist visit is painful.

  9. Karla says:

    I taught my kids to wash their face with a facecloth (is that the American word for it? like „little towel gloves“) after brushing their teeth. First because there is toothpaste all over and second because there is usually some chocolate or other sticky stuff to their cheeks.
    I thought this was normal-maybe not with Neutrogena but with water and soap (since it’s good old Europe).

  10. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    We’ve been a lucky family in that the boys never had skin issues such as teenage acne. And maybe, MAYBE, I could still monitor and direct the boys during preteen years, but by the time they were full-fledged teens, listening to me was barely tolerated lol. In fact, my oldest still sing-songs his favorite line growing up, “Don’t you tell me what to do.” Sure it’s funny now but….. I’ll just let all the mothers of teens know they are listening even if you think they aren’t. And when they’re in their 20s, they’ll come to you and shower you with love and thank you’s for everything you did and said and put up with.

  11. goofpuff says:

    This is a weird thing to praise someone about. I do this with my boys because it makes sense. in fact they wash their face in the morning, after getting home from school, and right before bed. basically whenever they get their faces dirty. We use a gentle soap (Cerave) or just water depending. if you start them early enough it becomes regular routine.

  12. Jaded says:

    I’ve used Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser and it’s really nice. I’m currently using CeraVe moisturizing foaming cleanser and like that too. The earlier you get kids into skin care the better.