You have got a gorgeous white milky body. But you are scared to wear shorts and sleeveless tops because the dark elbows and knees have lowered your confidence. Though you are tempted to show at least some of your skin. But the dark elbows and knees are like a blot on your prettiness. You may have tried to scrub it many times, but this darkness refuses to leave. This is because our elbows are protected by the thicker glandless drier skin.
The other reasons include frequent rubbing of elbows, sun exposure, hormonal imbalance and melanin pigment deposition. Scrubbing won’t help you in getting rid of it unless you know about these quickest and smartest methods that intend to de-tan elbows naturally.
Scroll down the page to learn 6 proven laboratory tested natural methods to de-tan dark elbows quickly.
1. Coconut oil
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Coconut oil is easily accessible to people in India so price and access are not issues. It contains Vitamin E that reduces dryness, repair dark and damaged skin.
Direction: Use many times during a day, particularly after showers. Rub the oil for at least two minutes. You can also mix coconut oil and 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply and leave the solution for at least 15 minutes. Wipe with a towel and see the result after a few days.
You can also mix the walnut powder with coconut oil to make a thick paste and apply it on elbows two to three times during a day.
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Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent because it contains Vitamin C that enlightens skin colour by removing dead cells and melanin.
Apply lemon juice and leave it for at least 15 minutes. Now rinse it with lukewarm water and apply moisturizer for keeping skin hydrated.
Precaution- Since Lemon has a property to cause skin dryness so, do not try the remedy more than once a week. After applying, do not show your skin to the sun for minimum three hours.
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Again an easy, cheap and accessible home remedy to get rid of dark elbows. Yoghurt is rich in lactic acid that lightens the colour of skin. In addition to lightening, it also hydrates and cleans the skin.
Direction: You can try yoghurt in two different ways. You can either add vinegar to it to make a smooth paste and they apply this smooth paste on the elbows. Wash the elbows after the paste becomes dry. Dry the elbows with a towel and apply a moisturizer.
Another way of using Yoghurt is by mixing 2 tablespoons of gram flour with one tablespoon of yoghurt. Apply and rinse after 20 minutes. Repeat the procedure at least three times a week.
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Since sugar granules have a property of exfoliating dead skin cells, its scrub can also be proved useful for enlightening elbow colour.
Directions: There are different ways of using sugar to enlighten dark elbows.
You can mix sugar with olive oil to make a paste and then apply it on knees and elbows. Rub the elbows for minimum five minutes. Wash with a soap and warm water. Do this treatment once on a daily basis until the dark colour on your elbows does not fade permanently.
5. Baking Soda
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Due to its cleaning property, baking soda is used in various detergents and infectants. To exploit its cleaning property, baking soda can also be used for enlightening dark elbow skin. It removes extra pigmentation and dead cells around knees and elbows.
Add one tablespoon of baking soda with one spoon of milk to form a paste. Rub the paste on the affected areas for at least three minutes. Wash and repeat the procedure every day until your skin lightens.
6. Aloe Vera
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You may have heard Aloe Vera being used as a home remedy for treating different skin problems. That is because it hydrates skin to prevent tanning and deadness of skin. It also repairs skin cells damaged by the sun
Directions: Extract an Aloe Vera leaf, crush it to collect the juice. Apply the juice on your dark elbow. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Repeat the procedure two times daily until the dark colour fades away.