'Here's what happened when I tried Holly Willoughby’s skin care routine'

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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

We all love a bit of Holly Willoughby, don't we? Yep, the queen of daytime TV is the girl next door we just can't get enough of.

From uploading her This Morning outfit-of-the-day pics (resulting in said items immediately selling out online) to her DIY hair colour tutorial going viral — it seems like everyone wants to know what Holly shops on the regular… so that we can shop it, too.

And while I'm sure genetics have a lot to do with it, there's no denying that Holly has pretty great skin.

So, in an effort to share her secrets with you, I searched the archives and found Holly Willoughby's skincare routine. And in a bid to improve my own complexion, I decided to switch out my products for hers. See what she uses (and how my skin reacted) below…

What skincare does Holly Willoughby use?

1. Micellar Water

Sure, Holly is the face of the brand – but who doesn't love Garnier Micellar Water? I'll always use a second product to thoroughly cleanse my skin (as I'm sure Holly does too) but as an initial quick makeup remover or gym-skin refresher: micellar water does the job and this Garnier one ticks all the boxes.

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2. Eye Creams

Eye creams can split opinions — do we really need one? But Holly apparently swears by eye specific products.

Speaking live on This Morning, Holly confessed her love for Liz Earle's Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion.

Holly explained that she soaks two cotton pads in the formula before holding them over her eyes for at least 30 seconds. ‘I use it every morning… I feel like it just takes down that redness and that puffiness, it’s got some nice natural stuff in it as well. That’s my saviour that stuff.’

Not only that, but she's a big fan of The Ordinary's Eye Caffeine Solution. Makeup artist Patsy O’Neill (who worked with Holly back when she was presenting I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here) revealed that she used the cult eye cream to hydrate and de-puff the eye area during the early wake-up calls down under.

As a mum of a demanding three-year-old, I also long for products that help combat dark circles and fake an awakeness that I haven't felt in years. Whilst no eye cream can work miracles, this bargain serum definitely hydrates sleepy eyes and the added caffeine and EGCG (a potent polyphenol found in green tea) works over time to reduce pigmentation. Pretty impressive for a fiver.

3. Moisturiser

O’Neill also revealed Holly's favourite moisturiser on Instagram — an antioxidant-rich, free-radical fighting formula from Pestle & Mortar.

Now it's no secret that I am very much in the camp that people should ditch their moisturiser and invest in a great serum instead (Shiseido's Ultimune will always be my one true love) but I was willing to give this a try in the name of true beauty journalism.

Packed with peptides and housed cleverly in an air-tight container so that the formula stays stable without the need of parabens, this moisturiser really does hydrate like a serum. Big tick from me but not enough to give up on Shiseido.

4. SPF

As someone who works in the beauty industry, I am told every single day about the importance of wearing SPF. Come rain or shine, damaging UV rays are the number one skin ager.

Not surprisingly, it seems like Holly's heard the same advice as me — and not only that, she uses the same dermatologist favourite: Heliocare SPF.

5. Face Masks

As well as a thorough, everyday skincare routine, Holly likes to treat her skin to the occasional facial. Celebrity facialist Claire Marie Peters (who's also worked with Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne) took to Instagram to share what she used on Holly's skin.

‘Wow! Holly Willoughby has seriously amazing skin to work with! Today we did my signature facial with is an uber result as driven cocktail of radio frequency, photonlight therapy, micro needling, skinceuticals, antioxidants and 111skin bio cellulose mask.

‘The results is a beautiful discreet lift, luminous glowing dewy skin.’

The mask in question? 111skin's Bio Cellulose Mask. Formulated by globally renowned Harley Street cosmetic surgeon Dr. Yannis Alexandrides, it's rich with calming centella asiatica, silk amino acids and arbutin — a seriously hardworking botanical based compound that helps to brighten areas of pigmentation, sun damage and age spots.

6. Face Mists

Holly's seemingly a big fan of face mists which also works for me, because I am too.

Speaking to beauty journalist Madeleine Spencer on her Beauty Full Lives podcast, Holly revealed her must-have beauty buy was Caudalie's Beauty Elixir.

'For anyone who wakes up really early in the morning or just sometimes needs a spritz of life, there's this lovely brand called Caudalie – and the product is called Beauty Elixir. It's a spray – I think it's like a spray toner' she told listeners.

The hydrating mist is great for on-the-go hydration — perfect for spritzing over or under makeup.

Holly Willoughby's Skincare Routine: The verdict

It's pretty clear to me that, from makeup artists and facialists, Holly's received a lot of the same advice as I have working in the beauty industry. From the dermatologist-loved Heliocare to the cult Caudalie face mist, it's pretty apparent that my bathroom cupboard doesn't actually look too dissimilar to Holly's. And at the end of two weeks using the products she swears by? My skin's looking pretty good for it too.

What colour foundation does Holly Willoughby wear?

According to Holly's make-up artist Patsy O'Neill, the star uses the Surratt Surreal Skin Foundation Wand in shade 05 to create that dewy, flawless finish.

What concealer does Holly Willoughby use?

O'Neill has also shared that she uses the recently launched concealer from The Ordinary, which is available in an impressive 36 shades, on Holly's under eye area.

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