Not able to show off your long legs and lovely arms? Are discolored patches of skin shattering your confidence?
Dark knees and elbows are so common that we often consider them to be natural. Many of us believe that elbows and knees are meant to be dark. This is not really true. If you take proper care, the complexion of your knees and elbows should not be in contrast with the rest of you!
In our first article in the series, we discussed the reasons why discolored skin may be one of your problems. Once you identify the root cause of the problem, it becomes much easier to attack it. Here are a few tips and strategies that may help you in dealing with dark elbows and knees…
• Since there are no oil glands in elbows and knees, these areas are very prone to dryness. So a generous application of Olive Oil every night is the best preventive measure for this skin ailment. If you do not have olive oil, coconut oil or even a lotion will do.
• If you have really dark elbows and knees, it will take some hard work to lighten the skin. Cut a lemon into two halves. Squeeze the lemon juice directly on to the affected area and rub for at least 5-7 minutes with the lemon wedge. Leave for 15 minutes before rinsing with water.
• Mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice with 5 spoons of milk. Apply on the affected area with a cotton wool dab. Leave on for 15 minutes. Now rub vigorously with a towel soaked in hot water. You can really see the grime come off with this procedure!
• Make a paste of gram flour (besan), milk, turmeric (haldi) and lemon juice. Apply on the dark area and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse off and moisturize.
• Bleach the area with lemons or with a bleaching product. To bleach with lemon, cut a lemon into two halves. Place them on your dining table, shoulder length apart from each other. Now sit on a chair with your elbows resting on the lemon pieces on the table. As the lemon pieces get squeezed, the juice will slowly work and bleach the area.
• Apply sunscreen every day.
• Use a pigment lightener in the form of fairness creams or melanin reducing agents.
• Focus on a Vitamin rich diet, especially Vitamin A.