Dark elbows are unsightly and unnecessary. Sun exposure and a buildup of dead skin cells can cause the skin on your elbows to appear darker than the skin on the rest of your body.
There are several natural remedies and skin care techniques which will help you rid yourself of worrisome dark colouration on your elbows. With the tips we have for you today, your elbows will look more beautiful than you ever imagined.
Lemon juice contains citric acid which is a natural bleaching agent. Therefore, applying lemon juice to elbows can help to lighten the skin. To use:
- Cut a large lemon in half. Squeeze out some of the juice from both halves so that you have two hollow halves or “cups”. Rub each lemon cup over your elbows.
- You can rub away any excess pulp, but don’t wash your elbows for about 3 hours. This gives the lemon juice time to act more deeply.
- Wash off the lemon juice with some warm water. As lemon juice can be drying, you should moisturize the area with your favorite body moisturizer.
- Repeat this every day until the dark skin begins to fade. You should see a significant difference within a couple of weeks.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera gel is drawn directly from the fleshy leaf of the Aloe Vera plant. If you do not already have one growing at home, Aloe leaves are easily available at supermarkets. Cutting aloe leaves can be tricky though, since it is very gooey and slimy. Cut off the top green layers of the leaf, leaving behind the clear Aloe gel. Apply this gel to the elbows and leave on for a few minutes. Then wash off with plain warm water. Do this every day for a few weeks for the best results.
Cream and Tumeric
A mixture of heavy cream and turmeric works well to lighten the skin on elbows, particularly on people with darker skin tones. Turmeric is a natural bleaching agent which helps to reduce melanin in the skin.
- Get some heavy cream (or milk with a high fat content) and boil it until it thickens and becomes clotted.
- Mix in a half teaspoon of turmeric and blend into a paste.
- Apply this paste to your elbows (and knees) using a circular motion, let it sit for about 20 minutes, and then rinse it off with water.
- Be aware that turmeric can dye the skin a yellowish-orange color that’s especially noticeable on pale skin. The color will fade after a day or two.
- You can also substitute yogurt for the heavy cream. You won’t need to boil it to achieve the same color-changing effect.
Exfoliate and Moisturise
Scrubbing your elbows helps to remove dry, flaky skin cells which become trapped in the elbow creases and causing skin to have a darker appearance.
- Use a loofah or washcloth to apply with exfoliating shower gel to remove excess dead skin cells from your elbows.
- Alternatively, you can make your own sugar scrub by mixing 2 parts sugar (white or brown) and 1 part oil (almond, coconut, or olive).
- Just remember not to scrub too hard or too frequently, as this may hinder natural oil production and cause your skin to produce extra cells. This can make your elbows even darker. Scrub gently just once or twice a week.
- Be patient and you will soon notice a big difference.
Sugar and Olive Oil
Sugar and olive oil combined make a perfect mix of hard and soft. The sugar in this mixture will help rub off the embedded dirt in the creases of the elbows and the olive oil will then moisturize the elbows.
Mix one tbsp of sugar with one tbsp of olive oil and rub this on your elbows in slow, circular motions for a couple of minutes. Then wash off with plain, tepid water.
Vaseline and Socks
Cut holes in the front of two old socks. Then, apply Vaseline on the elbows at night and pull the socks over the elbows to cover them. Do this overnight for a couple of weeks for best results.
Apart from the above mentioned dark elbows home remedies, there are a few other things that can be done to treat dark elbows. For example, use sunscreen daily. Also, exfoliate with a soft brush or a loofah on a daily basis during shower time. Scrub with a towel too after the shower. Remember not to overdo any exfoliation as you could erode away essential layers of skin leaving your elbows just as dark as before. Moisturise and use creams daily. Also drink lots of water, at least five to six glasses a day.