Slapping on your face cream isn't meant to be a risky business.
But reports that the daily ritual leaves the average woman absorbing 5lb of chemicals through her skin every year were enough to make some hardened make-up fans go barefaced.
They have been reassured that face creams still do their skin a favour.
Harley Street dermatologist Dr Nick Lowe discounted the "urban myth" that lotions and potions harm the skin, claiming they could protect against pollution and ultraviolet rays.
Dr Lowe, a spokesman for the British Skin Foundation, said there was simply no evidence that chemicals could seep through the skin.
He spoke out after a study last month claimed man-made compounds in skin products were linked to cancer, while others could irritate the skin or cause it to age prematurely.
He said no recent study claiming cosmetics were dangerous had been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.
More trustworthy research had proved that adding antioxidant vitamins A, C or E to creams could protect the skin against irritation and sun damage.
"All well-formulated cosmetics from reliable companies follow stringent guidelines about what ingredients they are allowed to put into creams and lotions," Dr Lowe said.
Source - Daily Mail