Ozone is a blessing and a curse. High above us, it helps protect us from the sun. Down here, however, it makes up most of the smog we see, and it can even seep inside our homes and offices, where it can emit free radicals that are believed to contribute to inflammation and cause other kinds of DNA damage capable of compromising the function and appearance of our skin.
We’ve told you about phytoremediation, a process in which plants are grown in highly polluted areas to act as filters. According to a new Penn State study, a similar phenomenon occurs indoors when houseplants are present.
The researchers filled two chambers with ozone gas at 10 times the normal concentration. One contained three common houseplants-pothos, snake plant and spider plant-and the other was plantless. In the empty chamber, it took 75 minutes for the ozone levels to decrease and reach the 3% target; however, in the chamber with the plants, the target was reached 25 minutes faster.
Consequently, the presence of houseplants could mean less of the inflammation that encourages aging. Experts also believe that houseplants can help eliminate airborne bacteria and mold. At this point, it’s unclear just how many plants are needed to promote an anti-aging affect, but there’s no harm in making your space-and your face-more beautiful with some greenery.
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