If you are dreading the impending cold because of the effect it has on your skin, you are not alone: as many as 42% of Americans reportedly rank having dry skin as their least-favorite thing about winter. The dry indoor air that is typically associated with the colder months can wreak absolute havoc with our skin. The lack of moisture in the air can result in very dry and sensitive skin, especially around the eyes and mouth and on the elbows, knees, and heels. Although the
global skincare and beauty market is flooded with a myriad of reputable dry skin solutions that can address all these problems, there is another very effective and more natural solution readily available: houseplants.
Plants are natural humidifiers
One way to keep your skin well-hydrated during winter is to invest in a humidifier that will pump a decent amount of moisture back into the air. Although these devices can be of great benefit, so too can some houseplants that can emit as much as 97% of the water they take in as moisture vapor according to a study by the Agricultural College of Norway. A study into the benefits of house plants was also conducted by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in partnership with Reading University in the UK. It found that house plants offer a cheap and effective solution to dry indoor air that can alleviate a number of physical and mental health concerns, including dry skin.
Not all plants were created equal
Indoor plants such as the rubber plant, Chinese Evergreen, and Boston Fern are all superb at sucking up water through their roots and releasing the moisture through the multitude of pores situated on the underside of their fronds and leaves in a process known as transpiration. One of the best natural humidifiers, however, is the Areca Palm that can churn out as much as 1 liter of water in a 24-hour period, ridding the air of toxins and leaving your skin feeling fresh and well-moisturized. Apart from hydrating the air, certain indoor plants such as Aloe Vera can be incorporated into your daily skin care routine to keep your skin moisturized and radiant looking.
Incorporate Aloe Vera into your daily beauty routine
Aloe Vera is one of the most versatile natural ingredients for you to incorporate into your beauty routine. Luckily it is also very easy to care for and you can successfully care for a potted house plant without any difficulty. It boasts superb nourishing and anti-aging properties thanks to its high Vitamin C, E, and beta-carotene content which is ideal for your dehydrated winter skin. Where a lot of hydrating products leave the skin feeling greasy, Aloe Vera hydrates and nourishes without leaving an oily residue behind, making it ideal even for women with combination skin. It is for all of these reasons that Aloe Vera is often used in products by renowned manufacturers such as Monastery and Green Leaf Naturals.
How to harvest your Aloe Vera gel
Harvesting your Aloe Vera gel is surprisingly easy. You simply have to grab a leaf or two from your plant, grab a sharp knife and cut it open along its length. Gently squeeze the leaf and allow the gel to drip into a clean bowl, ready for use.
Using your Aloe Vera Gel
There are a number of ways to use your freshly-harvested gel. You can make a hydrating mask by blending together a few slices of cucumber, a couple of drops of lemon juice and about a teaspoon of gel, lathering it onto your face and leaving it for about twenty minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. If your skin is extremely dry simply add a few drops of pure olive oil to your gel, mix it well, and apply to your skin. Leave it on for a couple of hours (or overnight if possible) before washing off and applying your favorite moisturizing cream.
By carefully selecting the plants you bring into your home you can ensure that you not only rid your living spaces of dry air but that you also have one of the most potent skin care ingredients at your disposal at all times. Make the effort to take special care of your skin this winter and enjoy all the benefits some indoor-greenery can bestow upon your well-being.