Are you tired of dealing with hyperpigmentation on your toes, knees, or shoulders? Hyperpigmentation does not just affect the face, but it often affects the skin around your joints, such as the elbows and knees. Over time, the skin around the joints can darken.
Years of dealing with bumps, bruises, nicks, and scrapes can make your elbows and knees form their pads. The good news is that you can easily smooth out those dry, scaly patches. If you want to brighten the skin in these areas, you will find a great solution right in your kitchen.
Too much Friction Can Cause Darkening
While exfoliating is a great way to eliminate the dark skin from joints, you need to avoid exfoliating too often. If you exfoliate too often, it can lead to bigger problems. Continuing to exfoliating skin too often can result in rawness, and it could have the opposite effect that you want – it could make your skin darken more.
When you exfoliate the dark skin, make sure you are gentle with your skin. Be patient. Even if you do not notice results right away, you will begin seeing a significant difference if you use this brightening scrub over time. Do not expect instant results.
Your skin did not darken overnight, and you will not be able to lighten it overnight. Keep using the scrub, avoid over-exfoliating your skin, and soon you will enjoy lighter, brighter skin in these areas.
Dark knees, elbows, and other joints often occur due to excessive exposure to the sun and lack of exfoliation. Friction from wearing clothes that rub against the joints can also result in the darkening skin.
The Importance of Moisturizing and Exfoliating
Dry skin is one of the main problems that can lead to dark toes, knees, elbows, and shoulders. When you have dry skin, it often flakes, and if you do not moisturize, the skin keeps producing new skin cells.
① If you do not exfoliate away the dead skin, it will end up staying within the folds of the knees or elbows, which cause darkening to occur.
② After you exfoliate those dead skin cells away, moisturizing can prevent problems with dry skin. For significant moisture, consider going with lotions that contain AHAs, shea butter, or jojoba oil, since these ingredients hydrate skin and help to brighten the skin as well. An organic moisturizing choice is olive oil, which offers great moisturizing results.
③ Since the knees and elbows have folded skin, this can quickly darken. However, it’s possible to eliminate the dark skin with exfoliation and good hygiene.
Why These Ingredients
Lemon: Lemon juice has acids that help to brighten dark skin, such as the dark skin found on knees and elbows.
Baking Soda: The baking soda you use has substances that help to soften skin, and the gritty texture also helps exfoliate those dead skin cells away. When you use this scrub, you will notice that skin becomes very soft.
This DIY brightening scrub offers great results.
However, if you want to see great results, you need to make sure you use it regularly, and you need to avoid getting on your knees as much as possible.
- Baking Soda (or salt or sugar)
① Squeeze as much juice out of one lemon and mix with enough baking soda to create a paste, add water if needed, but make sure the paste is slightly loose.
② Then work on underarm, knees, and elbows (or any dark areas) and leave for 10-20 minutes.
③ Then using a pumice stone, exfoliate the area.
④ The fantastic combination of lemon juice and exfoliation will give you such great results. Then wash off in the shower. Repeat daily for optimal results!
Skin Bleach Using Vitamin E
Another DIY bleaching method:
The ingredients contain properties that help lighten the skin and thus will be able to lighten your dark areas.
Mix 1 tsp Vitamin E, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp glycerine, and 4 Tbsp milk. Apply the mixture by gently massaging the affected area, and leave them on for 15-20 minutes before washing them off.