Having a few houseplants around could make a huge difference for your skin.

By Jenny Krane

Stop spending hundreds of dollars on skin serums, lotions, and creams—as it turns out, your houseplants can naturally soothe dry skin. A new study from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) looked into the health benefits of houseplants and found that certain plants can offset the drying effects of central heating and temperature changes.

Houseplants like ivy and peace lilies have high transpiration rates: This means they lose water through their leaves, therefore increasing the moisture in the air. So, if you're stuck in an office with air conditioning, office plants will balance moisture in the air and naturally nourish dry skin. All you have to do is keep up with watering!

Plants For Dry Skin

Spider Plant

Spider plants not only add skin-moisturizing humidity to the air, but their bold and variegated foliage makes a statement in any room. Not to mention, you can replant the pups to multiply your spider plant collection.

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Related: 7 Office Plants That Clean the Air

English Ivy

Ivy plants LOVE sunlight—they thrive in bright, indirect light. Without it, they'll start to get leggy. So do yourself a favor and hang out next to your English ivy for better skin and some vitamin D.

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Peace Lily

The stunning white flowers and shiny, green foliage of peace lilies make them an eye-catching houseplant. These houseplants do best in bright, indirect light but can still grow in low-light conditions (you may just get fewer blooms). The RHS study found that peace lilies and Hedera varieties were the top houseplants for victims of dry skin.

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Areca Palm

Since areca palm is a high-moisture plant, it provides plenty of humidity to the air around it. Be sure to keep the feathery fronded tree consistently moist in warmer months—palms thrive in humid conditions, after all.

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Rubber Plant

Rubber plant is actually a type of ficus, so it's in the same family as fiddle-leaf figs. These houseplants have stiff, elliptical leaves that come in green, burgundy, and variegated pastels. Your skin is guaranteed to feel softer and more nourished with a rubber plant around.

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Related: The Easiest Houseplants You Can Grow

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Comments (1)

miffyw2
January 4, 2020
Which houseplants are NOT poisonous to cats?