We get annoyed when we see that our elbow is dark. It is one of the part of the body that is difficult to whiten. There are natural ways to whiten the elbows and don’t spend a lot of money. It can be found in the kitchen or or can be bought in supermarkets. Here are the home remedies to lighten the elbow.
Baking soda – it has exfoliating and skin lightening properties that can help to whiten the elbow. Little by little, put a teaspoon of baking soda in a bowl of water, stir well until you get the desired amount of product. Apply the mixture directly to the elbow. Use the product like a mask, soak the product for ten to fifteen minutes then rinse. Do it twice a week. Avoid using baking soda on the face.
Oatmeal and yogurt – both has sodium qualities that add extra moisture to dry skin. Like baking soda these two ingredients are best used as a mask. Mix equal amount of oatmeal and yogurt, mix well and apply on the elbows. Soak for twenty minutes.
Citrus fruits – squeeze citrus fruits and extract its juice. Take a little citrus juice with a cotton ball or a clean cloth and apply directly to the elbow. This process can be done every day.
Aloe vera – according to study, aloe vera can whiten the skin. You can use gel or lotion with aloe vera. Do this twice daily.
Turmeric – it can help treat many skin conditions when used as a paste. Mix turmeric powder with water to make a paste and then apply to the elbow. Soak for ten minutes and then rinse.
Sugar scrub – besides moisturizing the elbows for softness, you can use a sugar scrub to exfoliate the skin and to remove dead skin cells and prevent its layer from thickening. This can be done once or twice a week.
If yo have a lot of time you can do this long term skin care also:
Cleanse and moisturize – wash the elbows every day every time you take bath and always follow with moisturizer. You can also apply a thicker moisturizing agent in addition to the daily body lotion.
Sunscreen – sunscreen helps to protect the skin. If the arms are exposed to the sun, sunscreen must be used everyday fifteen minutes before going out. It is advisable to use sunscreen with SPF 30.
Disclaimer : This is for informative and educational purposes only. Always consult a health professional for questions and advices regarding health issues.