Having dark elbows and kneecaps can rob you all the confidence you need to wear your favorite dresses. Oftentimes, these body parts become very dry and the protein keratin, which protects the outer layer of the skin, may build up in excess to cause dark patches. Aside from this, too much exposure to the sun also causes discoloration in these areas.
Instead of throwing those beautiful dresses in your wardrobes, why not those look for a solution to lighten dark knees and elbows. There are available ingredients in your home that can moisturize and exfoliate the skin in these dark areas.
Use A Sugar Scrub
A sugar scrub is an inexpensive and easy way of lightening and exfoliating your elbows and knees. The sugar’s crystalline texture helps in removing dead skin cells, thereby giving you a glowing skin. You can use this scrub once a week in order to achieve the best results.
Create a scrub by combining an equal amount of sugar and either olive or almond oil. Apply this scrub to your knees and elbows in circular motions and leave it on for a few minutes. Wash off the scrub and follow with a dab of the oil used to moisturize.
Use A Lemon Juice And Baking Soda Paste
The combination of baking soda and lemon juice is great for skin lightening. These ingredients have bleaching properties that help get rid of dead skin cells, thereby giving an even skin tone on your knees and elbows.
Simply mix equal amounts of baking soda and lemon juice in order to create a paste. Scrub it on your knees and elbows to remove the hardened, dead skin. Rinse thoroughly and moisturize well.
Apply Turmeric Paste
Turmeric can help you achieve glowing skin and even skin tone.
Make a paste by mixing a small amount of turmeric powder and 1 tsp of milk cream. Massage the paste on your elbows and knees. Leave it on for a few minutes and rinse off with warm water.
Apply A Honey-Based Mask
Always choose organic, raw honey. It has antibacterial properties that work amazingly on the skin. Especially when combined with oatmeal and egg white, honey can help cleanse and lighten the skin without damaging it.
Simply make a paste by mixing 1 tbsp of honey, 1 tsp of glycerine with some oatmeal, and1 egg white. Apply this paste to your knees and elbows. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then wash thoroughly.
Try An Aloe-Based Mask
Aloe vera lightens dark skin, keeps the skin hydrated and improves its elasticity.
Try an aloe and milk mask. Milk whitens and moisturizes the skin and helpful for dry skin that is cracking and flaking. Just combine 1 tbsp of aloe vera gel, 1 tsp of milk, and 1 tbsp of honey. Apply it generously on your elbows and knees and then leave it on for at least 10–15 minutes and rinse off with warm water
Also, combining 2 tbsp of aloe vera gel with ½ cup of yogurt can create a paste that can help exfoliate, moisturize, and brighten the skin. Just spread it on your elbows and knees and then leave it on for 15–30 minutes and then rinse off with water.
Soak In A Warm Bath With Essential Oils
Soak your dry, dark, and scaly knees and elbows in warm water with essential oils. It will leave your skin soft and glowing.
Some of the best choices of essential oils that you can use are carrot seed, lemongrass, and sandalwood oil.
Add a few drops of essential oil of your choice to a warm bath and soak in it. Using a damp washcloth, gently rub your elbows and knees.