How many of you find yourself with dark, rough elbows that, besides not being very pleasant to look at, also bring burning and discomfort? I imagine many! Usually, this happens because of some form of dermatosis, keratin thickening, scaling or psoriasis. But it could also be some vitamin deficiencies or improper diet. Regardless of the underlying reasons that need to be investigated, today we will look together at some natural remedies that can soften your elbows and lighten any dark spots.
The first remedy that can relieve the discomfort caused by rough, dark elbows is to use lemon, the citrus fruit known for its emollient and whitening properties. All you need to do, then, is to first wash your elbows, and rub a slice of lemon on the thickened and darkened area by making circular motions. Proceed for a few minutes, after which you rinse. Since, then, the dark color of the elbows comes from the increase of dead cells and impurities that are deposited on the skin and no longer allow it to perspire, you can use lemon in combination with sugar, so that you get an exfoliant that can eliminate dead cells. All you need to do is mix two parts sugar with one part lemon and apply the resulting mixture to your elbows, following circular movements. After that, leave on for about 10 minutes and rinse.
N.B It is advisable to repeat this treatment every day to increase its effectiveness.
Another very effective ingredient for brightening and softening your elbows is baking soda, which has a mild abrasive action that can gently exfoliate the skin. It is also able to lighten the skin due to its whitening properties. In fact, not surprisingly, it is also used to impart whiteness to laundry without using bleach! Take, then, some baking soda and mix it in a little water until you get a kind of paste. Then apply it to the skin, massage it in and leave it for about 5 minutes. Finally, rub it in gently and rinse with lukewarm water: your darkened and flaky elbows will immediately feel softer! We recommend repeating this treatment about 2 to 3 times a week to see improvements!
Like baking soda, oats also have an exfoliating action that can remove all impurities from the skin and make it immediately softer. Therefore, you can also try it in the case of dark, rough elbows. So, mix two tablespoons of powdered oatmeal with two teaspoons of milk and apply the resulting mixture directly on the elbows. Leave it on for a while, after which rinse with cold water-you will notice instant relief!
Ah the olive oil! This ingredient, capable of flavoring dishes in the kitchen, is also known for its many cosmetic properties, thanks to its nourishing and highly moisturizing properties. To make the skin on your elbows soft, therefore, you simply need to heat up some olive oil, wait for it to warm up and apply it directly to your elbows by rubbing it into the skin. After that, rinse. We recommend, however, that you do this treatment before going to bed, perhaps applying a film so that you do not soil your bedding, and repeat it about 3 times a week.
In addition to olive oil, coconut oil also boasts nourishing and antioxidant properties that are widely used in organic cosmetic products, as they make the skin moisturized and super smooth. In this case, you can apply some of this oil directly to your elbow to make your skin smooth, moisturized and free from thickening, pigmentation and cracking.
Finally, let’s see how to use cucumber, which, like lemon, has a whitening and cooling function and is therefore a valuable aid in cases of rough elbows that have dark spots and itchiness. Cut, then, a slice of cucumber, apply it directly to the elbow and use kitchen foil to wrap it so that it adheres well and holds firm. After that, leave it on for a while and you’re done!
The remedies suggested here have no particular contraindications. However, their use is not recommended in case of allergies or hypersensitivity to one or more of the components. A physician or dermatologist should be consulted in cases of very delicate or problematic skin. Seek medical advice also when pregnant or breastfeeding.