Blake Lively credits her amazing figure to chocolate.

The 'Gossip Girl' actress never deprives herself of anything and thinks her penchant for sweet treats - which she consumes for breakfast and as an evening snack - helps her stay slim and confident.

Asked if she follows a strict regime, Blake said: ''I do nothing! I'm lucky to have a very active lifestyle, I'm always running around everywhere... So I don't need to hire a coach or watch what I eat. I can't start my day off without a mug of hot chocolate or finishing off the day with a few squares of dark chocolate... It keeps me feeling happy.''

Blake - who has just been unveiled at the new face of L'Oreal Paris - says her glowing complexion is down to wearing high factor sunscreen every single day.

She explained: ''I follow a very simple regime which is broken down into three steps: make-up removal, skincare and UV protection - I'm absolutely obsessed with it.

''My beauty must have is L'Oreal's BB Cream with SPF 30 - I never ever wear anything less than that factor.''

When she's feeling down, Blake admits her perfect pick-me-up is a spa session as she always emerges feeling more relaxed.

The 26-year-old blonde revealed in an interview with French Vogue magazine: ''Getting a massage, if possible at the Mandarin Oriental spa in New York, which I love. I always feel much more beautiful afterwards...''