Dark elbows are a common reality. So, don’t feel bad about those not so attractive elbows that keep you from wearing your best short-sleeved top.
Dark elbows are unsightly and unnecessary. Sun exposure and a buildup of dead skin cells can cause the skin on your elbows to appear darker than the skin on the rest of your body.;

There are several natural remedies and skincare techniques that will help you rid yourself of worrisome dark coloration on your elbows. With the tips we have for you today, your elbows will look more beautiful than you ever imagined.

Lemon Juice
Lemon Juice contains citric acid which is a natural bleaching agent. With that said, if you apply lemon juice to elbows, it can help to lighten the skin.

Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera gel is drawn directly from the fleshy leaf of the Aloe Vera plant. If you do not already have one growing at home, Aloe leaves are easily available at supermarkets. Cutting aloe leaves can be tricky though since it is very gooey and slimy. Take the top green layers off the leaf, and what will be left should be clear Aloe gel. Apply this gel to the elbows and leave on for a few minutes. Then wash off with plain warm water. Do this every day for a few weeks for the best results.

Cream and Turmeric
A mixture of heavy cream and turmeric works well to lighten the skin on elbows, particularly on people with darker skin tones. Turmeric is a natural bleaching agent that helps to reduce melanin in the skin.

Exfoliate and Moisturise
Scrubbing your elbows helps to remove dry, flaky skin cells that become trapped in the elbow creases and causing the skin to have a darker appearance.

Sugar and Olive Oil
Sugar and olive oil together is perfect for the skin. The sugar in this mixture will help rub off the embedded dirt in the creases of the elbows and the olive oil will then moisturize the elbows. Mix one tbsp of sugar with one tbsp of olive oil and rub this on your elbows in slow, circular motions for a couple of minutes. Then wash off with plain, tepid water.

Vaseline and Socks

Cut holes in the front of two old socks. Then, apply Vaseline on the elbows at night and pull the socks over the elbows to cover them. Do this overnight for a couple of weeks for the best results.

Apart from the above mentioned dark elbows home remedies, there are a few other things that can be done to treat dark elbows. For example, use sunscreen daily. Also, exfoliate with a soft brush or a loofah on a daily basis during shower time. Scrub with a towel too after the shower. Remember not to overdo any exfoliation as you could erode away essential layers of the skin leaving your elbows just as dark as before. Moisturize and use creams daily. Also drink lots of water, at least five to six glasses a day.

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