UNTIL now, they have been religiously applied by millions, more as daily acts of hope, than of faith.

But, now, science tells the adherents to this worldwide ritual that their prayers are indeed answered.

For research has shown that those anti-wrinkle creams do work. The elusive fountain of youth springs from a jar.

But, as ever with these amazing advances, we must look out for that infamous fly in the ointment known as the drawback.

For though it may well be an advantage for partners everywhere to now wake up to a face with a peaches and cream complexion lying alongside them, rather than the prunes-and-custard one they gazed on before, we are sure that this magic will not be really realised until the cosmetics industry also comes up with a cream that does away with a fellow's five o'clock shadow!

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