LONDON Nov 19 (Reuters Life!) - The average British woman
"hosts" 515 chemicals on her body every day, according to a new
The poll of 2,016 women by deodorant-maker Bionsen said most
of the pollutants are self-inflicted by women who sprayed on
deodorant, slapped on body moisturiser and applied lipstick each
Today's average British woman uses body and facial
moisturisers, perfumes, deodorants and various other make-up
products which leave them unknowingly carrying hundreds of
chemicals on their bodies throughout the day, Bionsen said.
Moisturiser can contain over 30 different chemicals and
perfume up to 400, it added.
More than a third of the women who took part in the study
were unaware of the key ingredients in their toiletries, with
only nine percent aware of most of the ingredients in the
cosmetics they put on each day.
More than 70 percent of the women polled said they were not
concerned about the number of chemicals they put on their skin
and only one in 10 opted for chemical-free toiletries when
"Women have never been more image-conscious and their beauty
regimes have changed dramatically over the years, from a simple
'wash & go' attitude, to daily fake tan applications, regular
manicures, false lashes and hair extensions," Bionsen's
Charlotte Smith said in a statement.
"Lots of the high-tech, new generation cosmetics and beauty
'wonder' treatments naturally contain more chemicals to be able
to achieve even better results, which, of course, means that
women now carry more chemicals than ever before."
Eight out of the 12 areas on the body highlighted by Bionsen
as places where women used cosmetic products containing
chemicals were on the face or head and included moisturisers,
foundation, blush, eye make-up, hair spray and perfume head or
(Reporting by Paul Casciato; Editing by Steve Addison)