Best Luxury Anti-Ageing Creams You Can Buy on the High Street

From day creams and night creams to eye creams, treatment masks and facial oils Notebook readers have voted for their favourite luxury anti-ageing products
We’ve handpicked the most exciting anti-ageing launches of the past 12 months and given them to 500 of The Sunday Mirror’s Notebook magazine readers to trial. Most products were blind tested, so readers could judge just on results, not a name.

For this year’s awards, we’ve tested all the key products you need in your skin regime: day cream, night cream, eye cream, serum, treatment mask and face oil. We also looked at products across various budgets and here are the cream of the crop from the over £20 category.

Day Cream
Winner: Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream Ultra-Rich, £80, Look Fantastic


All the anti-ageing benefits of the original iconic Marine Cream, but in a more nourishing base to keep skin hydrated for 24 hours. Our testers agreed – everyone rated it “excellent” for moisturisation and wanted to keep using it.

What our readers said:

“My skin NEEDS this. For the first time in three years I pushed back my fringe (aka: DIY Botox) to reveal my forehead. Not as wrinkly as I remember. It still feels great after a night’s sleep.” Claire O’Reilly, London

“My skin felt plump and fresh, and I could go without make-up during the day. It made my skin the way I would like it to be.” Debbie Byers, Tyne & Wear

Highly commended: Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Day Cream, £42


Powerful yes, but also gentle – even testers with sensitive skin recommended this cream, which uses calcium and copper to boost skin’s elasticity and combat ageing. Plus it’s an SPF30.

What our readers said:

“This product I love! Its moisturising properties are great and my skin has certainly benefited
from using it. It felt and looked brighter and more “alive”, even when I was feeling tired.” Carol Hewlett, Southampton

Winner: Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Serum, £49, Origins


From Origins’ ass-kicking anti-ageing line, with plant extracts at its core – 20 in all, sourced from four continents. Testers said it ‘rewound’ their skin by years.

What our readers said:

“Amazing product. My friends say my skin looks lovely and smooth, my lines are less visible. and wrinkles are smoother. Absolutely can’t wait to buy some when this runs out – I’ve never felt my skin so soft, smooth, bright or firmer. 10/10.” Brenda Lally, Cheshire

“My skin benefited so much from this wonderful product. I look so much healthier. The tone of my skin looks and feels incredibly fresh. The fine lines under my eyes appear much smoother, as do the deeper wrinkles in the outer corners. I absolutely love using this.” Diane Moreline, Essex

Highly commended: Clinique Smart Custom-repair Serum, £68, Debenhams


Designed to zoom in on all the skin concerns you worry about, whatever they are – hence the ‘custom’ angle, albeit in a one-size-fits-all bottle.

What our readers said:

“Felt like pure luxury, as if my skin had been on a spa treatment day. Someone actually asked if I’d been away and other people said I looked really well and that my boyfriend must be doing something right.” Kyra Milnes, Lancs

Night cream
Winner: Elemis Pro-Intense Lift Effect Night Cream, £95, John Lewis


Our readers didn’t know what they were testing, and to make our awards extra-fair, we don’t even know which products we are marking when we go through the feedback forms. So the fact Elemis won both best day AND night cream says to us that this is a brand that really knows how to look after skin 24-7.

What our readers said:

“My skin looked totally refreshed and wrinkles have smoothed out. I saw friends I hadn’t seen for a while and they said my skin looked like I’d had something done to it. It looked brighter and lifted, it gave my face a better shape.” Dawn Mankin, Wilts

“Skin was plumper and radiant. The lifting effect lasted all day and the lines around my mouth and eyes significantly reduced. My skin tone seemed more even. Friends asked me if I had changed my make-up – I wasn’t even wearing any!” Jas Janda, W Mids





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