Dark skin on elbows, and sometimes knees as well, is caused by dead skin deposited in several layers due to the way you use your elbows such as leaning on them.
In addition, if you live in an area with year-round sunny weather and you wear short sleeves, sun damage might also lead to dark elbows, according to Yoga Health Benefits.
Dark skinned elbows can be prevented by scrubbing them with a loofah or brush in the shower or bath this eliminates the dead skin. Sunscreen is also an effective preventative.
Cut a lemon in half. Save the other half for future treatments.
Squeeze the lemon juice into a small bowl.
Add the tbsp. of baking soda and mix into a thick paste
Apply the mixture to your elbows, massaging gently.
Leave the mixture on for 15 minutes, then wash it off with soap and water.
Moisturize with olive oil or a body lotion that has vitamin E and Jojoba oil—or use shea butter.
Tips and Warnings
Repeat this every other day. If the baking soda irritates your skin, try oatmeal instead. The exfoliating action can be accomplished by anything rough that is still gentle enough not to break your skin. A mixture of baking soda with sugar and lemon works, too. The main ingredient here is the lemon which acts as a skin whitener. In addition, you can use an apricot scrub with a loofah every so often, to help prevent new build-up of dead skin cells.
Things You’ll Need1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon of baking soda
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