We often tend to rest on our elbows and as a result of it, our elbows become hard, uneven and dark. It not only looks bad but it also feels rough and uneven, you can always rely on, over the counter medications to treat this common skin condition but always seek some professional guidance before doing so. In the meantime, you can rely on these home remedies that will drastically improve the texture of your skin. It is not only important to take care of your face but it is equally important to pay attention to small details to look your best every day. All the home remedies suggested in this article are 100% natural and completely safe on the skin, yet we would strongly recommend a patch test to all our readers as some people are allergic to natural ingredients.
Rub potato/lemon juice
Both potato and lemon have bleaching properties. Simply cut a lemon into half and then rub it on your elbows and knees or cut a slice of potato and do the same thing. This will help make the area lighter. Mixing a bit of honey with it will help moisturize the skin too.
Sugar scrub for younger and soft skin
In order to make this scrub, take a spoonful of honey and add raw sugar in it. Now rub this scrub on your knees and elbows in a circular motion. The sugar granules will help exfoliate your skin. Then wash with plain water. Do this once every week. Honey will keep your skin moisturized.
Oil massage before going to bed
It will hardly take 2 minutes. Before going to bed apply some oil on your hands and feet. Especially on elbows and knees, this is very important as these areas don’t have oil glands. This will also add a shine to your knees and elbows. Just massage the oil well and leave it without washing it with water for maximum benefit. You can use coconut or olive oil for this.
Use loofah/pumice stone
When you take a bath, make sure you rub these areas using a pumice stone or a loofah. Do not rub too vigorously, be gentle. These will help exfoliate the skin. Do not do this daily. Make sure it is in a circular motion, but don’t be too abrasive while rubbing.
Apply body lotion
Include this in your daily routine. Whenever you take a bath, apply body lotion within 2-3 minutes. It will protect your body from getting rough and dry. It will moisturize your skin from deep within. Alternatively, you can also use body butter for added benefits.
Use petroleum jelly
Petroleum jelly creates a thick layer and traps the moisture in your skin. If your elbows are getting rough and dried out then you must try out this age-old recipe. No matter what’s the weather like, just slather on a thick layer of petroleum jelly on your elbow and cover up the area with socks. Follow this home remedy every day to achieve the best results.
Exfoliation is the key
Gently scrub your elbows once in a while to get rid of the dead skin cells from your elbows and reveal the fresh, soft and supple skin hidden underneath the layer of dead and dull skin. If you want to make your own gentle exfoliating scrub at home, then follow this recipe. Take a mixing bowl, add brown sugar and olive oil in 1:2 ratio along with a little bit of ground ginger. Mix it well and your scrub is ready, apply it to the affected areas and gently exfoliate your skin with this scrub. Follow up with your regular body lotion to get the best results.
Use the banana peels
I am sure you throw away the banana peels after consuming them, but, do you know that you can use these banana peels to exfoliate your skin naturally without putting in many efforts. Instead of throwing it away, rub it on the affected areas for a while. Then rinse it off with running tap water. Follow up with a body lotion to the best results.
Apply sweet almond oil
By now you must be aware of the fact that sweet almond oil is enriched with Vitamin E. Vitamin E is essential to keep your skin soft and supple. After washing and exfoliating gently, take a little bit of sweet almond oil on your fingertips. Rub it for a while to warm it up so that it gets absorbed easily by your skin. Then apply it to the affected areas and massage it in small circular strokes with a light hand until the product gets absorbed by your skin completely.
Use Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera gel has to be your holy grail if you are someone who prefers natural home remedies to artificial ointments and creams to treat skin woes. It is used to treat a host of skin problems and you can magically get soft and supple elbows if you use this magical ingredient in the long-run. Plus it is completely hassle-free and does not require mixing and matching ingredients to find what suits you the best. All you have to do is just scoop out some freshly extracted aloe vera gel and apply it to your elbows and let it dry up. You can rinse it off with running tap water if you want, pat dry your skin with a towel and then follow up with a moisturizer to complete this skincare regime.
Use this soothing mask to get rid of dark and rough elbows in less than a week
Some of us avoid DIY’s on purpose considering the hassle of gathering and mixing all the ingredients together. So, I have found a hassle-free and easy to do home remedy that will help you get rid of rough arms. Wash and peel a cucumber, cut it into small, circular slices, you can simply rub a slice of cucumber on the affected area and let it work wonders on your skin for about 15 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water. Alternatively, you grate and then extract the cucumber juice with the help of a strainer and then mix it with a tad bit of lemon juice. Apply this concoction to the affected areas with the help of a cotton ball, let it sit for about 20 minutes and then rinse it off with plain water. Follow up with your regular body lotion, to reap the maximum benefits from this skincare regime, use this home remedy daily.
Try using curd to get rid of rough and dry elbows quickly
You may be surprised by the results if you use this home remedy. To prepare this amazing mask, you have to gather around a teaspoon of sour curd, a teaspoon of gram flour and a teaspoon of vinegar. Take all the ingredients in the specified quantities in a mixing bowl, mix them into a smooth, lump-free paste. After cleansing the affected area properly, apply a generous amount of this mask evenly and wait for 15 minutes, let this mask work wonders for your skin. Then, rinse it off with running tap water. Wipe your skin dry and then slather on a thick layer of body butter to lock in the moisturization. Follow this skincare regime regularly to get rid of rough, dry and dark elbows.
Make your own intensely moisturizing body butter at home to treat black and dry elbows
It is always better to rely on natural and harsh chemical-free skincare products that using the products that will harm your skin in the long-run. Add 1/2 cup of finely granulated white castor sugar along with 1/3rd cup of olive oil in a mixing bowl. Mix them well and your moisturizer is ready, use this exfoliator cum moisturizer to massage the affected areas for a while and then rinse off with running tap water. Follow up with a regular moisturizer, even while buying a moisturizer look for certain ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil and olive oil to derive the maximum amount of nourishment from the product.
Use lemon juice-baking soda concoction to get rid of dark and rough elbows at the comfort of your home
Both the key ingredients used in this concoction, baking soda and lemon juice are excellent natural bleach, hence very effective for natural skin lightening treatment. Take a tablespoon of each of these ingredients in a mixing bowl, give it a good stir until you achieve a lump-free mixture. Make sure that your skin is squeaky clean before applying this mixture, apply a thick layer of this mixture evenly all over the affected area and let it sit until it dries up completely. Then rinse it off with running tap water, follow up with a light-weight moisturizer to get the best results.
Use skincare products that are designed to serve a particular purpose
Do not use your facial scrub on your body, it won’t give you effective results at all. Purchase a separate body scrub and let it exfoliate the dead skin cells from your body. Same goes with the moisturizer, use a particular moisturizer that is particularly designed to moisturize your body and not your face. The skin on your face is way more delicate and softer than the rest of your body and hence different types of skincare products. Always keep this in mind while loading your shopping cart with a ton of products.