Having an even skin in terms of tone no doubt informs part of your beauty. However, this is often not the case. This is because you are bound to have your elbows and knees with a different skin tone from the rest of your skin, which can be a cause of embarrassment. Indeed, it can be embarrassing to a point where you wear long-sleeved dresses that cover your knees as well.
Just why is it that your elbows and knees become darker compared to the rest of your skin?
The first reason has to do with your childhood. It is on your knees and elbows that you used to depend on to move around during toddlerhood. The constant pressure you applied to these areas of your body made the skin tough and hardy to a point where they developed folds. Although your skin has gone through several changes since toddlerhood, the initial skin folding remains (although unnoticed) and these areas tend to turn darker during adulthood.
The second reason relates to nature of the skin on your elbows and knees. Unlike the rest of your skin, the skin on your elbows and knees naturally do not have oil glands. This is the reason why they always tend to be drier compared to the rest of your skin. They are bound to become darker without proper care.
The third reason why your elbows and knees become darker is because of photo-contact dermatitis. This refers to irritation of the skin on your elbows and knees. The irritation, which is normally continuous but painless, occurs when such allergens as dyes, preservatives, and fragrances that end up in these areas of your body react with light, causing the skin to become darker. Other reasons why you may have dark elbows and knees are because of build up of dead skin, continued hormonal imbalance, over-exposure to direct sunlight, dry skin, and genetics.
Although there are various conventional techniques you can employ to lighten dark elbows and knees, there are proven home remedies that are very effective and produce long-lasting positive results. Below are just some of the proven remedies you can adopt to lighten dark elbows and knees. You can also use any of them to lighten any other part of your skin that is becoming darker.
Lemon is a natural bleaching agent with powerful exfoliation properties. It also contains vitamin C, which aids in the killing of bacteria and removal of dead skin cells. Making use of lemon is also very effective in encouraging the growth of new skin cells. You only need to squeeze one or two lemons in order to obtain the juice. Applying the juice and leaving on for a minimum of 30 minutes before washing helps to lighten any dark areas on your skin. However, you need to avoid exposing yourself to direct sunlight after application. You should notice your elbows and knees becoming lighter after about four weeks with a daily application of the juice.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is one of the natural skin lighteners you can find. It is also very effective in moisturizing and keeping the skin properly hydrated. Furthermore, Aloe Vera is very effective in repairing sections of skin damaged by overexposure to direct sunlight. Applying Aloe Vera extract on your elbows and knees and leaving it on for at least 30 minutes once or twice daily should see your elbows and knees become lighter in color within weeks.
Mint leaves contain varied oils that are effective in encouraging production of collagen in your body. It is also very effective in making your skin to glow. You only need to obtain a handful of the leaves, boil for a few minutes before adding lemon juice. Rub in the mixture using a cotton ball on your elbows and knees and leave on for at least 30 minutes before washing. Do so two times a day for several weeks to lighten up dark elbows and knees.
4. Baking soda
Baking soda is a powerful cleanser that is very effective in removing dead skin cells. You can use it to exfoliate your elbow and knee skin to make them lighter as the rest of your skin. You only need to prepare a taste of baking soda by mixing it with milk before applying the mixture on your elbows and knees and rubbing it in. Leave the paste on for at least 10 minutes before washing with warm water. You should notice positive result after a few weeks with daily applications.
5. Coconut oil
Coconut oil contains vitamin E, which is very effective in making dark skin lighter. You only need to apply the oil on your elbows and knees before messaging for several minutes daily. You should be able to notice the skin on your elbows and knees turning lighter after a few weeks.
Although effective in lightening dark elbows and knees, you need to remain consistent in applying any of the remedies you choose. It is also of great benefit to avoid any activity or routine that contributes to your elbows and knees becoming darker.