Plant ladies are the new cat ladies among the millennial generation, and not only because so many of us are living too frugally and precariously to be able to look after an animal: They’re low-maintenance, affordable, good for our mental health, and, most importantly, make for a great Instagram photo.

The once-tacky artificial plant may be coming back into vogue in the interior-decor sphere — they’ll never die, unlike even the hardiest succulent, and are more realistic than ever before — but now there’s a new reason to remain loyal to real houseplants: our skin health.

Indoor greenery actually helps to increase moisture in the air and therefore combat dry skin, according to a study by the Royal Horticultural Society — a welcome finding as winter draws near, when the contrast between freezing air and indoor heating can wreak havoc on our largest organ. The recent research, a collaboration between the RHS, the UK’s University of Reading, and PhD researcher Curtis Gubb, found that houseplants can reduce dry-skin symptoms through evapotranspiration, whereby they lose water through their soil and leaves.

Tijana Blanusa, principal horticultural scientist at the RHS, described houseplants as “a simple and affordable way to reduce …read more


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