One of the best (and easiest) ways to liven up an interior is with the addition of plants. But it’s not just a positive aesthetic effect that plants have – they’ve been proven to boost our mood, promote positivity and, it turns out, being surrounded by all that lush greenery is good for the skin, too (after all, there’s a reason why many skin care products are packed with botanicals). Here are five ways that plants can help you to maintain healthy, glowing skin.
Indoor plants increase the moisture in the air, which means they help to combat dry, thirsty skin and reduce symptoms like flakiness (especially helpful in winter, when the contrast between the cold air and indoor heating can quickly dry out skin). The best indoor plants for this are those with large canopies that require lots of water to survive, such as Peace Lily and Ivy.
Houseplants capture dust and particles from the air and can reduce the amount of pollution in the air. Thanks to their purifying qualities, plants also reduce our exposure to indoor toxins that can cause premature ageing, acne, dryness and dullness, as when our toxic burden is too big, the skin struggles to flush out toxins as quickly as it should. For the best air-purifying plants, go for the Snake Plant, Dracena or Fiddle Leaf Fig.
Aloe Vera has long been used for its soothing properties. That’s because it’s rich in vitamins A, C and E, making it a natural moisturiser – plus, it can also help protect the skin from free radicals. Keep an Aloe Vera plant at home and carefully crack open the leaves to scoop out the gel and apply it directly to the skin whenever you need it (bonus: this is a low-maintenance plant and only needs watering once every three weeks). Or for skin care that already harnesses the power of Aloe Vera, try our Moisture Replenishing Mask.
Herbs aren’t just great for cooking – some may be full of skin-loving ingredients, too. Powerful herbs include Mint, which contains salicylic acid to clear pores, Sage, which is full of antioxidants to help clear congestion and mop up excess oil and Chamomile, an anti-inflammatory that can alleviate irritation caused by skin sensitivity. Try crushing up the fresh herbs and adding them to your bath or try our Chamomile-Rose Hydrating Essence.
Rose is our signature botanical for a reason. It hydrates, soothes and tones the skin for a more radiant complexion, and rosewater can help to tone the skin while maintaining its pH and oil balance. Not just that, but Rose oil hydrates and rebalances skin, strengthens its natural barrier and helps protect it from environmental aggressors. Reap the benefits by having a Rose bush indoors or out, and enhance the results with rose-infused skin care products such as Rosewater Balancing Mist and Moisture Plus Rare Rose Serum.
Plants: they’re pretty powerful. Fill your home with your favourites and use high-performing botanicals on your skin too. Shop our full range here.