Oodles of skin whitening cream for the face, a tonne of conditioner for smooth hair, a handful of moisturizer for you body, but what about those dark, dry elbows? One’s arms are easily one of the the most important part of the body, and while they serve a functional purpose, they serve an aesthetic one too. That is the reason many women go through the pains of waxing/shaving their arms; others pick weights in the gym to tone whose muscles.
After taking care of body hair and extra flab on the arms, it’s also time that one starts paying attention to one’s elbows. If you think that they go unnoticed, think again. Many women think overgrown eye brows can go unnoticed too, but you know better!
Dark Elbows – Causes
Dark elbows, or even dry elbows are a result of the following facts:
- Very few take care of them, thinking they will go unnoticed, and are obscure. – Untrue!
- The oil producing glands, which over produce in many women’s face, seem to be defunct in one’s elbows.
- One’s elbows are treated badly, children seem to get hurt on elbows and knees the most; and scars of those childhood misadventures remain for life.
- The melanin production in this area is in overdrive, and tanning causes them to blacken even further.
Dark And Dry Elbows – Treatment And Remedy
- Scrub and Clean
The second you fall, your elbows take the heat. Wearing sleeveless all day, or even half sleeved clothes exposes them to sunlight and dirt, and while one may take regular baths, since the skin on elbows is already dry, it makes dirt stick to it.
- While taking a bath, or even otherwise, soak your elbows in luke warm water, with a little gentle soap in it.
- After that, take a mixture of sugar and glycerin, and rub it gently on your elbows. The reason this scrub is better than walnut or apricot scrubs is that it has glycerin, thus is moisturizes while it cleans.
- Do not use harsh substances like pumice stone, or the feet scrub. This area is already dry and devoid of any softness, don’t make it worse.
While some of you may have soft skin on the said region, they may still be black, or much darker than the normal pigmentation of your body. It’s not advisable to use a face whitening skin here. Rather, follow the following steps:
- Lemon is a natural bleach, take a few drops and rub it on the elbow. Do not be harsh, you are not trying to peel the skin off!
- Baking soda, another ingredient available at home can be used. Some say use it with chlorine, but do that only if you don’t have dry elbows. Otherwise, be safe – be gentle.
- On a normal basis, wax instead of shaving or using a hair removal cream. The only great way to remove the tan is to peel it off – there are no two ways about it.
- After completing the regimen of moisturizing (which follows), apply loads of sun screen lotion – any SPF that suits you. The dermatologists can’t stop raving about it!
- A very Indian way to deal with dark skin is using raw milk – this means that milk can’t be boiled or pasteurized. It has worked wonders for some!
Most of you are aware of the importance of this one step, but few take it seriously enough. Even people with oily skin will be surprised to see how flaky their elbows are. Do not use any moisturizer that is uses on face, something much stronger is needed here.
- After the soak, pat your elbows gently with a towel. It is important to do this gently, so as to not wipe away the glycerin from the soak.
- Since your pores are open due to the heat, apply moisturizer right then.
- Use a lotion that has either Almond oil, Jojoba oil, Aloe Vera, or some form of Vitamin E. you many use coconut oil too. If you have these oils in pure form, nothing beats that!
- Wait for a few minutes for the oil to soak in, preferably massage it for a good 2-4 minutes. Any extra oil can be patted clean with a wipe or tissue.
Follow this skin care regimen at least once a day, and preferably twice. Your woes of dark, dry and patchy elbows will be soon over.