Your elbows and knees experience abuse because of constant friction from various habits such as leaning and kneeling. These cause the areas to be dark and rough. But if you're aiming for smoother and lighter elbows and knees, check out our tips below.
1. Moisturize the areas first.
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To get rid of the dark layer of skin, you need to slather your joints in oil, lotion, or gel to let the surface soften. You may use sunflower oil, olive oil, or aloe vera gel. It is good practice to always moisturize your elbows and knees because dryness makes everything worse.
2. Gently exfoliate.
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Anything too abrasive like salts and nutshells will only leave your elbows and knees darker. You can try mixing sugar with coconut oil or baking soda with water to create a natural scrub. Another method you could employ is to apply any peeling gel that is safe to use on the face—this guarantees that your skin won't be subject to anything harsh that will worsen the pigmentation.
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After you've revealed a fresh layer of skin, it's time to make the dark areas bright. Lemon or calamansi juice can naturally lighten your joints. Lulur scrubs are also effective in exfoliating and brightening pigmentation on the body.
Be patient and consistent with the mentioned routine and you'll achieve stellar results.
*This story originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.com. Minor edits have been made by the Stylebible.ph editors.