How to Rejuvenate Skin on Knees and Elbows

The skin around the elbows and knees is usually thicker and has more creases than the skin on the rest of the body. This makes it more prone to dryness, cracking, and even darkening. However, there are foods and products whose properties are beneficial both when ingested and when applied to the skin. Combined and in the right amounts, they help to clarify, moisturize, and revitalize those areas of the body that are sometimes somewhat forgotten.

At 5-Minute Crafts we will show you 8 homemade preparations that can be made with foods and products that you may have right now at your fingertips.

1. Cucumber

Cucumber contains 96 percent water, so it can be the best choice when it comes to moisturizing the skin. This moisturizing property applied to elbows and knees is beneficial, since among the possible causes of these areas becoming darker than other parts of the body are the increased dryness and accumulation of dead skin cells that occur there.

How to apply:

  • Very gently rub thick slices of cucumber over elbows and knees for a few minutes.
  • Leave on until it dries and rinse with cool water.
  • Repeat this routine daily.

2. Turmeric and honey

Turmeric comes from an Indian root plant that is similar to ginger. Used as a paste, the powdered product can treat various skin conditions. Curcumin, the main compound of this plant, is said to be responsible for its lightening effect. It can be combined with honey or yogurt.

How to apply:

  • Mix half a teaspoon of turmeric and 1 tablespoon of honey.
  • Apply the paste on knees and elbows. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse.
  • It is convenient to repeat this treatment 2 to 3 times a week.

3. Olive oil and sugar

Olive oil has nourishing properties and sugar is a good natural exfoliant, so a paste prepared from mixing these ingredients can nourish, soften, and brighten the skin.

How to apply:

  • Mix sugar and olive oil in equal parts until a thick paste is formed.
  • Apply to knees and elbows in circular motions for about 5 minutes.
  • Rinse with mild soap and warm water.

4. Milk and baking soda

The lightening and exfoliating properties attributed to baking soda can help remove dead skin cells and reduce hyperpigmentation around the elbows and knees. For its part, the lactic acid present in milk is a natural moisturizer that, when used regularly, can noticeably improve the skin’s texture.

How to apply:

  • Prepare a mixture with a tablespoon of milk and baking soda.
  • Apply the mixture directly to the elbows and knees in circular motions for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Rinse with water.
  • Repeat these steps every other day.

5. Aloe vera gel

Research suggests that aloe vera has lightening and moisturizing properties that help maintain an even skin tone and repair cell damage caused by sun exposure.

How to apply:

  • Extract the gel by breaking up a fleshy aloe vera leaf.
  • Apply to affected areas.
  • Let it sit for 20 minutes and then rinse with cold water.

6. Yogurt and apple cider vinegar

The vitamin B12 contained in yogurt improves hyperpigmentation, and B2 stimulates healthy skin cell growth, which combats, among other things, uneven skin tone. At the same time, the acetic acid present in apple cider vinegar has lightening properties.

How to apply:

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of yogurt and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.
  • Apply the paste on your knees and elbows.
  • Leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Try this daily until you see the results you’re looking for.

7. Coconut oil

From moisturizing dry skin to treating acne and aiding wound healing, there are many benefits coconut oil could bring to your skin.

How to apply:

  • After showering, apply coconut oil to the affected areas.
  • Massage gently for 2-3 minutes.

8. Papaya and honey

Papaya and honey can be used in masks to treat the skin, both to moisturize it and to exfoliate, treat inflammation, and even clarify it.

How to apply:

  • Mix ¼ small papaya with ½ small spoonful of honey.
  • Mash and integrate both ingredients with a fork.
  • Apply directly with your fingers on dry and clean skin.
  • Wait about 10 minutes for it to dry and then rinse with warm water.
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