Darcey Bussell is the first ever face of the new anti-ageing Sanctuary Spa skincare range.

The ballet dancer stars in a stunning new campaign shot by Ellen von Unwerth - who has photographed the likes of Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell and Beyonce Knowles - which features a radiant Darcy along with the tagling ''reduce The Lines, not the laughter''.

Darcey, 43, said: ''By the time I reached 40 I noticed my skin was showing signs of ageing. I don't want to stop time, but I'd like a little help in ensuring I grow old gracefully!''

''That's why I'm delighted to work with the Sanctuary Spa; people who really understand womens' skin and how to care for it, offering a real and noticeable difference.

''I've noticed that the products really work... since using Active Reverse my skin looks brighter, smoother and younger.''

Her partnership with Sanctuary Spa marks a return to the brand's dance origins; the Covent Garden based spa was originally set up as a retreat for Royal Ballet ballerinas before becoming the first British ladies only day spa.

The new Sanctuary Spa Active Reverse skincare range is available now from www.thesanctuary.co.uk.