Time is of the essence when it comes to anti-ageing skincare, yet sourcing products that are genuinely effective is a process that cannot be rushed. This roundup was seven months in the making while we worked our way through a small mountain of moisturisers to find our top anti-agers – there were plenty that didn’t make the grade.

The contenders had their work cut out, tackling fine lines, tired, dehydrated and sometimes dull skin. These are the ones that perked up and smoothed out complexions, made pores and lines look less obvious and got our skin glowing

Apply your moisturiser after cleansing and toning and a good few minutes after applying serum (if you use it), so the serum has had time to sink in and get to work.

If you have time, we recommend giving yourself a little facial massage as you apply a day cream, sweeping the hands upwards and over the cheekbones towards the temples and around the eyes, in circles around the forehead and chin and gently down over the neck.

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The verdict: Anti-ageing day creams

For the most effective cream that plumps, firms and reduces redness, we found Kate Somerville stood out the most. We were also impressed with Elemis’ cult classic as it suits all complexions, and the Emma Hardie cream for recharging lacklustre skin.

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