Bedtime, for many of us, can be a frustrating experience: we all know that we’re supposed to get that elusive seven hours of shut-eye each night, but it can sometimes feel like an impossible task. Not so for Holly Willoughby, who sticks to the strictest of bedtime regimes to ensure that she feels awake enough to tackle her early-bird stint on ITV’s This Morning each day.
“I’ll be in bed at 9pm with lights out 9.30pm,” she tells Red magazine. “I am half woman, half sloth!”
However, Willoughby admits that there’s more to it than just popping her head on a pillow and hoping for the best. Instead, she needs “headspace” to help her to “process the day, which is really hard sometimes” – and she does this during her “bath-time”.
“[It’s] my switch-off,” she admits.
However, there’s more to Willoughby’s evening bath than a stream of bubbles: instead, she raids her kitchen cupboards for one essential – but very purse-friendly – ingredient, to help her achieve a truly blissed-out state.
“I got told quite a weird trick by Liz Earle once,” explains Willoughby. “She came on This Morning and she made a milk bath for Mother’s Day (I also love the Elemis Skin Nourishing Bath Milk, because I had that in the bath when Dan proposed to me).
“[Liz] got that old school dried milk powder (like your nan used to bring on holiday to out in your tea) and dried rose petals covered in loads of rose and lavender essential oils, and mixed in with the milk powder.
“Then you just take a scoop and put it in your bath to make a milky bath - it’s so soft!”
Teamed with some candles, Willoughby says, it’s the perfect way to unwind after a long day.
While Willoughby is all too happy to talk about her beauty regime, there’s one subject she refuses to discuss: her diet and exercise habits.
“I actually avoid talking about my diet and exercise regime because I have interviewed so many people affected by eating disorders,” the mum-of-three told Prima magazine.
“I know that some people in chat rooms can really fixate on other people’s diets. I just can’t contribute to that.”
When pressed for more information about her daily eating habits, Willoughby’s response was blunt and to the point.
“I love food,” she said. “It’s a celebration, something to be talked over, shopped for, cooked and enjoyed.”
She finished by saying that she refuses to count calories or adhere to strict workout regimes.
“I try not to focus too much on my appearance,” she said. “As long as I’m being healthy, that’s good enough for me.”
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