As winter approaches and we retreat indoors, many of us are forced to tackle dry skin caused by heating systems in the home.
The Royal Horticultural Society has found a natural solution – after commissioning a study into the benefits of houseplants their chief horticultural scientist Tijana Blanusa found that indoor greenery is good for your skin.
Her study found that because of transpiration, when plants lose water through their leaves, indoor flowers and shrubs increase the moisture in the air, helping to eliminate dry skin.
Dr Blanusa said: “House plants may be a simple and affordable way to reduce air dryness indoors and alleviate symptoms of dry skin, while providing multiple other benefits – for human psyche and physical health.”
Plants which are particularly good for humidity and skin benefits are those with high transpiration rates – ‘thirstier’ plants which require more water to grow well – and those with large canopies, so a larger surface area with which to expel water droplets.