How to Get Rid of Dark Elbows and Knees
It’s summer! Yet you dread to be seen in t-shirt and shorts? Stop getting embarrassed by dark elbows and dark knees. The skin care solutions outlined below can help you get rid of this problem for good!
Your elbows and knees are darker because you constantly lay them against hard surfaces: the counter, the table, or the wooden kneelers. Sun exposure and a build-up of dead skin cells can also cause the skin on your elbows and knees to appear darker than the rest of your body.
Steps to Lighter Elbows and Knees
The first step is to exfoliate. Dead surface skin cells should be removed to make your skin fairer. Exfoliants like retinol, AHA, and salicylic acid are good choices. The elbows and knees can benefit also from physical exfoliants like salts and micro scrubs. An excellent exfoliant from SkinStation is DERMAX Retinol C serum, which should be applied once daily.
The next step is to lighten and moisturize skin by applying NANOWHITE lotion on evenings. It has nano-encapsulated blend of lightening actives to give you fast and gentle results.
Make sunscreen application your morning routine. NANOWHITE lotion with SPF 30 should be applied on mornings to protect against harmful UV rays that cause skin to darken.
Use DERMAX AcneX exfoliant soap to wash your elbows and knees daily. It works wonders not only on acne prone skin, but also as an all around exfoliant, with time-release salicylic acid. Use a good sponge with the soap to get a good and gentle scrubbing.
You can never completely avoid friction on elbows and knees. A more intensive way to moisturize elbows and knees is needed to minimize effect of friction. After each shower and before you go to bed, apply a thick layer of natural oils like squalane oil, argan oil, or virgin coconut oil.
This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on March 11, 2014 . The author is the CEO of SkinStation. He received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry. Skin Smart aims to clarify facts and myths on skin care. Send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.