Dark elbows and knees are common problems faced in our daily lives. It is a big turn-off while wearing a sleeveless top or a skirt and shorts. These dark areas are the reflection that you are not maintaining proper cleanliness regime and you need to take care of it. To lighten dark elbows and knees, you need not buy expensive creams or lotions; you can simply do it by following easy home remedies. These remedies will effectively remove the dirt and maintain even skin color throughout. These remedies can be easily made at your home. Read on and find out trouble-free remedies.
These 15 Home Remedies Can Help to Lighten Your Dark Elbows And Knees
1. Baking Soda
Baking soda is well known for skin lightening and as a cleanser. It is a very simple technique to get rid of dark elbows and knees. You just need to mix it in milk in equal ratio and make paste out of it. Rub it to your knees and elbows gently for 5 minutes and then wash it off followed by pat dry with a towel. Do this every alternate day and see the results.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has good moisturizing property. Just cut an aloe vera leaf into half and rub it to your dark elbows and knees for few minutes and then rinse it. It is that simple to use.
It can also reduce the darkness; just mix some yogurt with vinegar and rub the mixture to the elbows and knees for 10 minutes and then wash it off.
4. Coconut Oil
This oil has the solution to many problems. Be it skin or hair, it is quite effective in all areas. The coconut oil contains vitamin E that moisturizes your skin and also lightens the skin tone. For effective results, you can apply this oil from four to five times a day. Another way is to mix one teaspoon coconut oil with half teaspoon lemon juice, rub it over the affected area and wash it in 15-20 minutes. Regular use will bring great results.
5. Mustard Oil
Linoleic acid, erucic acid and oleic acid are rich in mustard oil which help in moisturization. It helps in retaining the pigment, melanin and thereby lightens the skin tone. This is one of the simplest tips one can use. After taking bath you just need to take some mustard oil and massage it to your elbows and knees. You can leave it if you want but as it is very much sticky you can wash it off once you feel your skin has absorbed enough of it.
Oatmeal can also be used to treat dark skin by just grinding it with few almonds and some yogurt. Make paste with these ingredients and apply it to these areas and leave it for at least 15 minutes. Massage it well for few minutes and then rinse. Repeat it everyday till you are satisfied.
Lemon is most wonderful natural bleaching agent. It consists of Vitamin C that lends good skin color and removes dead cells. It also regenerates healthy skin cells. You can directly apply lemon juice over affected area to get clean and lighter skin tone. You can mix it with one spoon honey and one lemon juice and then apply it over your elbows and knees. This mixture will leave you with clear and soft skin. If you want you can also mix some mint juice or paste to it. Whenever you are applying lemon juice just take care that you are not going out in sun for next three hours.
8. Gram Flour
We usually use it in face packs but did you know that it can be used for elbows and knees as well? Mix gram flour with some lemon juice or milk and prepare paste with it. Apply it and rub it to these areas for some time and then rinse it.
9. Onion & Garlic
It might sound weird but it does work. Cut onion and garlic and make juice with them. Apply it the knees and elbows and leave it for some time. After at least 15 minutes, wash it off with some mild soap and pat dry. You can also take a piece of onion and a piece of garlic and rub it on those areas for 10 to 15 minutes. Actually the second method works better. Don’t forget to wash it.
Yogurt is full of lactic acid that cleans and moisturizes your skin. It is very soft and is recommended for sensitive skin. You can mix yogurt with vinegar and then apply it on your elbows and knees. Let it dry and then rinse it with lukewarm water. You can make it your daily regime for clean and clear knees. You can also mix it with gram flour and make a scrub out of it. Rub it over knees and elbow. It will surely leave you with good results. It is advisable to scrub two to three times a week.
11. Almonds and Almond Oil
You can use almonds or almond oil. Both are good for your skin. Almonds contain nourishing properties which gives even skin tone. You can just massage the affected areas with almond oil for 5 minutes daily before going to bed. You will see the results in few days. You can even mix powdered almond with yogurt to make thick paste out of it. Apply it and let it dry. Wash it with little warm water and feel the magic of rich almonds in few days.
Well, I’ve discussed few of the homemade remedies that will lighten your dark elbows and knees. Pick up a remedy that suits your skin and enjoy clean elbows and knees.
This is one of the commonly known remedy to get rid of dead skin cells. Mix some sugar and honey and use it as scrub to remove dead skin cells. Use it every alternate day or at least twice a week. You can also mi some lemon juice to increase its effectiveness. I have shared this recipe in detail. Click on the link to check it.
13. Few Fruits & Vegetables
There are few vegetables and fruits which can lighten your dark knees and elbows. You guessed it right; those are citrus fruits. Oranges, papaya, cucumber, grapes, potatoes and tomatoes can be used to lighten skin. Just cut it in half and rub it on elbows and knees, and also on all the dark skinned areas for minimum 10 minutes.
14. Pumice Stone or Brush
Scrub off the dead skin cells everyday or every alternate day using a clean pumice stone or brush.
You can use either shea butter or cocoa butter. Make sure to moisturize your elbows and knees everyday while your skin is still damp.
Hope these home remedies will you to lighten your dark elbows and knees. If you have any other home remedy, then please comment below. We would love to share it with everyone.
Have you tried any of these these 15 home remedies to lighten your dark elbows and knees?
By Sonal Ghai