Genetic, environmental and stress factors all contribute to the visible signs of ageing. From Aromatherapy Associates Rose Infinity to REN Bio-Retinoid, modern anti-agers seamlessly blend hi-tech, ultra-effective ingredients with bioactives and botanicals to restore suppleness, smooth fine lines and have you looking a peachy 25 again (almost).
1. Elemis Pro Intense Lift Effect Day Cream: £80, timetospa.co.uk
Maintaining definition and supporting the skin's elasticity helps your complexion look younger and firmer. In this nourishing cream, collagen and elastin production is stimulated by powerful hi-tech plant stem cells in a bid to keep skin supple and reduce slackening around the chin and neck.
2. Aromatherapy Associates Rose Infinity Moisturiser: £98, aromatherapyassociates.com
A ground-breaking age defence product that claims to deliver results in three weeks – I've tried it, and they're absolutely right. My skin was significantly brighter, smoother and more toned after less than a month of testing. Plant stem cells from gardenia, snowdrop and alpine rose combined with breakthrough research on soy and yeast proteins work together to support skin regeneration and reduce these visible signs of ageing. Added to that, botanicals and essential oils plump out the appearance of wrinkles, repair skin damage and boost collagen. Expensive, but worth every single penny.
3. Neal's Yard Remedies Frankincense Intense Cream: £55, nealsyardremedies.com
One of the oldest and most trusted apothecary brands in the UK, Neal's Yard is still at the forefront of scientific breakthroughs in beauty. This multi award-winning cream contains powerful stem cells from the gardenia plant and a peptide complex to boost collagen production. Rich, deeply nourishing and radiance-, firmness- and hydration-boosting, this one is great for sensitive complexions too.
4. Ark Age Aware Skincare Age Maintain Replenishing Moisturiser: £27, shop.arkskincare.com
Vitamin A increases collagen production to plump up the skin, omega 3 fatty acids from kiwi and passion fruit lipids hydrate, while the anti-oxidants in blue lotus flower boost firmness and elasticity. This inexpensive moisturiser is great for skin prone to redness, too. And it comes in a beautiful, dressing-table-worthy pot.
5. Indeed Laboratories Fillume Volumising Moisturiser: £24.99, boots.com
Youthful skin is plumped up and peachy, so Indeed Labs have developed a spectacularly brilliant volumising moisturiser that fills in those fine lines, firms, smoothes, re-texturises and boosts hydration. High-tech, hardworking, but with a high street price tag.
6. Emma Hardie Amazing Face Age Support Treatment Cream: £42, emmahardie.com
Mature or prematurely aged skin will drink up this high-performance hydrator, line-filler and complexion-plumper, which is packed with moringa, rosehip, primrose oil and vitamin E. It also helps prevent collagen loss, protects from the environment, increases luminosity and contains a fragrant blend of sweet orange, lavender, rose, geranium, peppermint and camomile.
7. Grown Alchemist Age-Repair Moisturiser: £59, feelunique.com
Ethical beauty junkies will love this botanical beauty range made with certified organic ingredients, and without chemical lauryl sulphate, glycols, petrochemicals, artificial fragrance, animal derivatives, synthetic colours, silicones or parabens. Instead it uses phyto-peptides to visibly reduce the depth and appearance of wrinkles. Sensitive skin will particularly benefit from this gentle, anti-oxidant packed, elasticity-boosting, smoothing, free-radical fighting anti-ager.
8. REN Bio Retinoid Anti-Ageing Cream: £44, renskincare.com
Retinol can be irritating to sensitive skin, so REN have developed a break-through formulation that delivers anti-ageing retinol results without irritation. This one really boosts radiance, smooths, firms and gives a more even tone to the skin.
9. Caudalie Premier Cru La Creme Riche: £92.50, uk.caudalie.com
Ultra rich and nourishing, this luxurious cream not only covers all the usual anti-ageing benefits such as firming, toning, hydrating and brightening, but also works to correct dark spots. This cream will particularly suit mature and very dry skintones.
10. Elethea Intense Hydrating Cream: £80, elethea.com
Nausheen Qureshi is the Kenyan-born biochemist behind this pioneering, science-led luxury brand, which uses powerful anti-ageing ingredients sourced from rare plant species found in the Rift Valley, a nutrient-rich ridge of land that runs through Kenya. Richly moisturising with a high concentration of shea butter and jojoba oil, this cream suits dry skintones and mature complexions, or try it when you need to increase hydration in the colder months of the year.
11. Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50: £61.30, dermalogica.co.uk
If you like your moisturiser and SPF combined, this is the one for you. And for such a high spf, it feels surprisingly light and non-greasy. A little goes a long way, so it's relatively economical, and it's packed with anti-oxidants designed to increase the skin's ability to fight skin-ageing free radicals.
Aromatherapy Associates boosts radiance, Elemis lifts and firms, Emma Hardie hydrates deeply and award-winning Neal's Yard Remedies suits sensitive skintones; whatever your anti-ageing needs, there's a day cream to suit.
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