Dry knees and elbows can put a big blot on your appearance and even turn into a chronic problem, especially if you live in harsh or extreme climatic conditions.
Experts often point towards strong chemicals, exposure to rough surfaces and adverse climate as the three most common causes of dry knees and elbows.
To remedy your skin on these areas, you will need to first find the cause of the problem. Have a look at your lifestyle and try to pinpoint at the reasons? You will also need to determine whether your dry elbows are a sign of something more serious, such as psoriasis or eczema For dry knees and elbows that are not a result of any serious medical problem, you can try a vast range of home remedies to treat yourself. Here we’ve discussed some of the most effective methods.
Top remedies for dry elbows
To tackle your dry elbows with home remedies, the first thing you need to do is to exfoliate to remove the dead surface skin cells and then moisturize well.
Here are two home-made scrubs you can try:
- Make a scrub out of olive oil, some sea salt or sugar and massage the thick paste into your skin. Leave for 10 minutes and rinse.
- Mix some lemon juice with salt and form a thick paste. Use it as a scrub at least 3-4 times a week to soften the dry skin on elbows.
One you’ve exfoliated, it is important that you follow it up with a good intensive moisturizer and keep the area covered to allow the moisturizer to seep in well. Honey is a natural moisturizer and can be used with lemon juice as a great means to smooth out dry skin.
Make sure you don't use a moisturizer that contain ingredients like petroleum that can actually clog the skin further.
Once you’ve managed to do all of the above, take good care of the skin on your elbows. To ensure that your dry elbow skin doesn't become a chronic problem, follow the below preventive measures:
• Exfoliate, moisturize regularly
• Keep your elbows away from harsh chemicals
• Do not lean with elbows on rough surfaces
• Keep your elbow skin covered whenever possible
Top remedies for dry knees
To cure dry knees, you will first need to soften the skin and remove the dead skin, as in the case of dry, scaly elbows. Try one of the following:
• Soak in a warm bath for around ½ hour. Scrub with a mild soap and rinse. Once done, now apply a good body scrub that should have pumice added to it and massage well. This will effectively soften the dry skin on knees after which you can apply a good, heavy moisturizer.
• Take about 1/4th of a cup of lemon juice and saturate cotton balls in it. Massage the rough and dry knee skin with these cotton balls for around 10 minutes. Rinse and dry well.
You might have to start medicating dry skin on knees if you think you suffer from skin conditions like eczema or allergies.
Our tip - Both dry elbows and knees respond well to lemon juice, so use it generously.
By Jasmin Pannu
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