A day cream is the absolute foundation of your anti-ageing skincare regime. Of course it needs to leave skin feeling soft, nourished and moisturised. But to stand out in the Real Beauty Awards, products needed to have serious youth-boosting results.
To find these new wonder creams, we handpicked the latest anti-ageing moisturisers and sent each one to five different women to trial. At the end of the month, they shared their results – and only the ones they truly loved were good enough to win an award.
We were looking for creams that smoothed out fine lines, reduced wrinkles and left our testers looking younger and feeling great. And we found them.
Whether you’re looking for affordable luxury or something to really splash out on, these are the moisturisers that really impressed our testers. In fact, this year’s creams were so impressive, we had to award two winners in both the premium and two in the mass market categories.
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Our testers were wowed by the speed of the results – and that they just kept getting better.
Tester says: “I love how quick the effects are using this cream. My dark spots have lessened and my face feels renewed. It deeply penetrated my skin, leaving it feeling supple and smooth, lifted and firmer. Long-lasting moisture throughout the day. It’s everything you want from a facial cream. I love using it.”
A great day moisturiser, with serious wrinkle-reducing credentials.
Tester says: “I’m very pleased with the results. My skin felt plumped up and lines were definitely less visible. People at work told me I looked well: the only thing I have changed is my moisturiser.”
An incredibly luxurious moisturiser, with testers also reporting good anti-ageing benefits.
Tester says: “The product gave my skin a glow. My skin instantly felt hydrated as soon as I started using it. But it was the reduction in fine lines that impressed me most. I was so impressed – I’d be keen to continue using it.”
Marks and Spencer
This cream is designed to combat the challenges skin faces during the menopause, and our testers loved it.
Tester says: “This is a fantastic face cream, it feels cool on the skin when applied, soothing and refreshing. My daughter commented that my skin looked more radiant. The menopause has changed my skin, making it dry. But this plumps my skin, therefore reducing fine lines. A great buy.”
All our testers wanted to add this cream to their skincare regime, reporting great moisturising and noticeable anti-ageing results.
Tester says: “I love this cream. I saw a good difference to lines and wrinkles. My skin was firmer and plumper, I could see a difference around the eyes. It made my skin feel exceptionally soft and hydrated all day. 10/10 for anti-ageing.”
Testers reported impressive results from this cream, which uses a plant-based alternative to retinol.
TESTER SAYS: “Excellent at moisturising. My skin felt quenched and looked dewy. After a week I could feel and see my skin had improved. Being a lady of a certain age going through menopause my skin is temperamental but this cream improved lines and dryness.”
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