Elbows and knees can be called the most neglected part of the body, since they will not be given the regular routine of clean and care as the other parts of the body like the face, hair nails etc. The elbows and knees should be taken care of regularly, since short dresses can be worn without any hesitation.
The discoloration of the elbows and knees happens due to various reasons like, build up of thick and dead skin formation, or the friction and pressure applied on them while attending to various works or the over exposure of these parts to harsh weather conditions. There might not be any particular over the counter creams or lotions which can turn the elbows and knees to a lighter and fairer skin tone, but there are home remedies which can do the magic.
Here are some home remedies which can be used to lighten the color or tone of the elbows and knees.
List of Home remedies to lighten skin of elbows and knees:
The ever useful, ever easily lemon is the first and foremost remedy which can be used to lighten the skin of the elbows and knees. Lemon is known to contain Vitamin C in large quantities and is also known to be a natural astringent and toner. Lemon has to be cut and the elbows and knees have to be rubbed with lemon juice directly. Doing so regularly for a week, on the elbows and knees will for sure, lighten the color of the skin.
Lemon Juice and baking soda:
The whole lemon is a treasure trove of medicines. Lemon juice is not an exception for it. Lemon juice and baking soda has to be mixed thoroughly and applied on the elbows and knees regularly. Baking soda is known to have bleaching properties and can be used on the skin to lighten the tone, without any side effects. As we know lemon is a natural skin lightener. Both these products do wonders on the skin of the elbows and knees.
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Lemon peel and sugar scrub:
Lemon peel has to be sun dried to remove the moisture content out of it, and coarsely ground to a powder like texture. This has to be mixed with either sugar or sugar syrup and applied on the elbows and knees like a scrub. Doing so regularly will definitely give the elbows and knees a lighter color and you can wear your short dresses without any hesitation.
Glycerin is also known as a natural skin lightener and is also known to be used in various home remedies related to skin problems. Glycerin can be applied directly on the elbows and knees before going to bed daily. Doing so for one week is definitely known to give results which can quite make a difference. For more effective and quick results, a dab of lemon juice can be added to the glycerin and applied.
Rice flour, sugar scrub:
Rice flour, due to its coarse texture, can be used in various skin lightening and skin tightening remedies. Rice flour and sugar has to be mixed properly and applied on the places where the skin has turned dark like the elbows and knees. Sugar can either be granulated sugar or it can be made into thick sugar syrup. Applying this mixture will surely give the desired results.
The goodness of milk is known to everybody. Milk is safe to consume either orally, or can be used in various medicines or home remedies. This holds good for lightening the skin color too. Milk can be applied directly on the elbows and knees where discoloration of the skin takes place quickly. Regularly applying milk on these places, softens the skin and makes the elbows and knees soft, and also lightens the skin tone there.
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Without the mention or without the use of turmeric, any kind of home remedy or a beauty therapy would be incomplete. Turmeric is also known to be good for elbows and knees which have darkened over time. Applying turmeric paste daily before bath and washing it off thoroughly with warm water, is known to give effective results within a short span. Alternatively turmeric paste can be mixed with milk too for extra softness of the skin.
Our ancestors have to be thanked for all the good things they have taught us about using easily available kitchen items as home remedies. Gram flour is one such ingredient. Gram flour has to be mixed with curd and a pinch of either honey or lemon juice and applied on the elbows and knees. This paste has to stay for a minimum of 20 minutes before washing off. Doing so regularly, will definitely help in lightening the skin tone and also lend smoothness to the elbows and knees.
Aloe Vera, can be called the mother of all home remedies. As the saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away, likely, if an aloe plant is at home skin problems can be kept at bay. Aloe gel can be applied on the skin directly without any side effects. Alternatively aloe gel can be mixed with a few drops of rose water. Both are known to help in lightening the skin color and the results will be definitely beneficial.
Almond oil is known to be rich in Vitamin E. Vitamin E is known to soften and lighten the skin at the same time. Applying almond oil regularly is known to cure the skin of any kind of problems. It replenishes the smoothness of the skin, lends an even tone, cures cracks and cuts quickly. Almond oil can be applied on the elbows and knees too without any fear of side effects.
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We all know the adage or saying “as cool as cucumber”, this is very true, given the cooling nature of the cucumber. Cucumber juice is known to have soothing properties due to its high water content. The juice of the cucumber can be both mixed with turmeric or gram flour and applied directly on the knees and elbow. Doing so will definitely give these, a lighter color and smoother texture for sure.
Tomato Juice or slices:
The ever juicy ripe tomatoes are a favorite of everyone, right from the young to the old. Tomatoes contain a natural content which helps in lightening the skin color in any part of the body, and elbows and knees are not to be forgotten. Tomato juice can be mixed with cucumber juice, rice flour or gram flour and made into a paste and applied on the elbows and knees or tomato slices can be tied directly on the elbows and knees with the help of a cloth. Doing so regularly will definitely help in getting the elbows and knees a good and lighter color to boast off.
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Coconut oil is known to contain vitamin E and is also known to lighten the skin tone over regular use. It also hydrates the skin due to its extra oily texture, which helps the skin to remain smooth and soft. Coconut oil can be applied on any part of the skin directly without any fear of skin allergy and irritation and the same applies to the knees and elbows too.
Another home remedy which definitely never misses out of the list is the thick textured and good tasting yogurt. Yogurt is known for its fatty content and also smooth texture. Both these properties help in lightening the skin tone to a great extent. Yogurt can be applied directly on the elbows and knees or can be made into a paste with either turmeric, or gram flour and applied too. Visible and differential skin tone can be had in a jiffy with the regular application of yogurt in the above said way.
Apple cider vinegar:
Hope these home remedies prove beneficial to your skin.