Many people who spend a lot of time in the sun or in chlorinated pools experience dark, discolored skin on their knees and elbows. While this is not usually something to worry about, it can be embarrassing when you go out wearing shorts or a bathing suit. Luckily four simple steps can help improve the appearance of these parts of your body.
The first thing to do is to scrub the dark area with a body wash containing glycolic acid, this step will help to remove the top layer of skin and accelerate cell turnover.
The second thing you need to do is eliminate any dead cells that prevent new, lighter ones from coming through by exfoliating with a scrub once per week for four weeks in a row. This will help renew your skin’s appearance.
Make sure not to overdo it, though, or you’ll risk irritating your sensitive dark areas! Also, make sure not to use anything too harsh like black sugar, which can irritate the area even more, instead opt for something gentle like sea salt crystals mixed with oil (olive or coconut).
After four weeks continue using the same soap but switch up how often you use it; if you used
Second, apply sunscreen each day all over your body, even on areas not discolored. The sun can still cause damage, and it is important to protect these areas as well, that’s why it’s a good idea to use a sunscreen that is specifically formulated for the body.
Avoid any activities that will cause your skin to darken, like swimming in chlorinated pools or sun tanning. If you can’t avoid these things entirely, make sure to wear sunscreen and protective clothing every time you participate.
Fourthly, drink 4-to-12 glasses of water daily and eat more foods high in antioxidants such as blueberries and tomatoes, which may reduce the appearance of dark knees and elbows caused by hyperpigmentation or melasma. If you continue following these four steps for 4-to-12 weeks, you should see a significant improvement in the appearance of your dark knees and elbows!
In conclusion, by following these four simple steps, you can improve the appearance of your dark knees and elbows in 4-to-12 weeks. Just make sure to be consistent with exfoliating, using a glycolic acid body wash, applying sunscreen daily, and drinking plenty of water!