There is no denying we spend more time on our facial skincare routine than we do on our elbows and knees. Which is why these areas tend to be harder or darker than the rest of our body.
We will be sharing some ways you can reduce the appearance of dark elbows and knees. But first, let’s understand why the skin gets darker.
5 common reasons your elbows and knees are dark
- Lots of layers of dead skin
- Sun exposure
- Skin friction
- Dry Skin
4 Tips for brighter dark elbows and knees
1. Exfoliate, Exfoliate and EXFOLIATE
Exfoliate 2-3 times a week to help brighten the skin, get rid of dead skin cells and produce a more even and smoother skin tone. We recommend using the Lactic Acid Exfoliator Gel
2. Put on your SPF
Make you use SPF daily in your skincare routine all year round to protect your skin from the UV rays. This will help prevent signs of hyperpigmentation and dark patches on your elbows and knees. We recommend using Black Girl Sunscreen or MG Skincare Light Suncream for ultimate protection!
* Related Article: Do People With Dark Skin Need To Wear SPF?
3. Moisturise and hydrate!!
Dry skin and skin friction will cause hyperpigmentation and lead to dark skin patches on your elbows and knees. So, remember to keep your elbows and knees moisturised daily, especially after your exfoliate! We recommend the Coconut and Jojoba Body Lotion or the Rose Garden Body Oil, for lightening dark patches and staying moisturised.
4. Be gentle with your elbows and knees
Try to reduce friction on your elbows and knees by putting less pressure on them, for example, when kneeling or leaning on your elbows as this can darken the skin. Reduce friction, rubbing, or injury to the areas that are darkening, and treat them nicely and gently :)
TOP TIPS NOTES
Our top tips to reduce the appearance of dark elbows and knees:
- Use SPF daily
- Exfoliate 2-3 times a week
- Moisturise and hydrate every day
- Treat your elbows and knees as gently as you treat your face