Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria has said happiness and regular exercise are her secrets to looking great.

In an interview in the current issue of Parade magazine, the actress added that she didn't starve herself or frequently indulge in luxurious beauty treatments in order to stay beautiful.

Asked about the ways she kept her figure and skin in such good shape, Longoria said: "I think it's a combination of a lot of things... It's obviously emotional health. And it's obviously your physical health, but there's a lot of maintenance involved, and I'm not talking about anti-aging.

"I'm just talking about general health, getting your checkups and getting your blood tests and making sure you get your mammograms," she told the magazine.

The 32-year-old, who has a degree in kinesiology, stressed she didn't starve herself, adding good health meant being aware of a number of different factors.

"Your body is a vehicle of your emotions and a vehicle of feelings and a vehicle of whatever you need to get done in life. And you've got to take care of that vehicle."

She explained her beauty regime consisted of facials and moisturisers as well as advice from experts and beauty magazines.

"For me, as far as skin, I'm a big advocate of facials. And I moisturise. And I read my magazines. I listen to good advice from people who really know, and I try to watch what I eat.

"But it's diet. It's exercise. It's maintenance. It's checkups. It's attitude. It's a lot of things. And I think you just need to be aware of what's going to work for you," Longoria concluded.

21/11/2007 07:08:56