Our elbows go through a lot more in a given day than most of us may realize. They brush up against people and things, and you use them to lean on your desk or table. They are also involved in almost every arm movement that you perform.
The wear and tear that your elbows go through is often made apparent when you start to see that white or grey dried out skin make an appearance on the back of your arm. Chapped or dry elbows can be sore, itchy, irritating, and just plain unattractive.
Your elbows go through a lot, and it’s about time that you begin to treat them with the care that they deserve. Keep on reading to discover how to get rid of dry elbows.
1. Exfoliate to the max.
Elbows that look and feel overly dry are often covered in a thin layer of dead skin cells. This is what is causing the white or grey colour to appear on the back of your arm. The best way to rid of this worn-out skin is to gently exfoliate it away. Try out some of the following exfoliation techniques in order to allow your soft skin underneath to finally come to surface.
While in the shower, rub your elbows gently but thoroughly with exfoliating shower gel. Use a texturized loofah for scrubbing for the best possible results.
If you don’t like the idea of using a shower gel, you can make your own exfoliation scrub. Combine 2 parts sugar with one part olive or coconut oil. The texture of the grainy sugar is a great natural exfoliator. Apply a small amount to you elbows, rub gently for 1-2 minutes, and rinse when you are finished.
Be sure not to over-exfoliate. This can make your condition worse. Remember that you are just trying to rid of the remaining dead skin cells on your elbows. If your skin starts to feel sore, it is time to stop scrubbing. It’s very important to apply moisturizer right after exfoliation to keep your skin from drying out. Continue reading to learn some of the most effective moisturizing procedures for your dry elbows.
2. Moisturizing techniques.
Keeping your elbows properly hydrated on a regular basis is an extremely important step toward getting rid of this problem. Elbows are often left neglected when it comes to regular moisturizing, as it is a part of our body that we rarely look at or pay attention to. There are many different moisturizing procedures that you can try that go beyond the simple application of lotion. Give some of the following techniques a try.
Using petroleum jelly is a great way to moisturize extremely dry areas of the body. One of the best ways to get this moisturizer to really sink in to your skin is to apply it before a hot shower. The steam from the hot water helps the jelly to make its way into your pores, helping you get rid of your dry elbows in the process.
It’s also effective to apply the petroleum jelly before bed along with a protective layer such as a sock to avoid making a sticky mess. Leaving it on overnight allows your skin the time to properly absorb the moisture. The same steps can be completed using coconut oil or shea butter for a more natural solution.
Trade in your regular lotion for an emollient cream. This particular kind of lotion delivers longer-lasting moisture, and provides your skin protection from future dryness. Apply this moisturizer to your elbows at least 2-3 times a day, or as often as recommended on the bottle.
Most people aren’t aware that there are many natural remedies to get rid of dry elbows. The use of items that you likely have sitting in your pantry or fridge could be the answer to your relief, so why not give them a try?
3. This day is bananas – B-A-N-A-N-A-S!
Try rubbing the inside layer of a banana peel on your elbows in a circular motion. This sounds odd, yes. However, the high amount of vitamin C in this fruit has been proven to aid in healing. The peel is also a natural softener and moisturizer for the skin.
After you have rubbed your elbow, brush off any excess pulp with a damp cloth. Use this method once daily for best results. Be sure to eat the banana as well, of course! It is suggested that potassium can help get rid of dry skin generally speaking. Prevention is usually the best cure, after all!
4. Milk and baking soda.
Another idea you can try is to combine milk and baking soda to create a paste. This method is especially useful if your elbows gave turned a greyish colour. Milk will help to get rid of this discolouration, and baking soda helps to exfoliate your skin. Apply a small amount to your elbows and rub gently. Rinse the paste off completely when you are finished. Use this method daily until you are satisfied with the results.
5. Lemony fresh.
Why not create your own lemon salt scrub? To do so, combine the juice of half a lemon with about a tablespoon of salt. Salt is a natural exfoliator, and the lemon assists in lightening the skin. Rub this on your elbows very, very gently for a few minutes. Rinse off completely when you are finished.
6. See a doctor – for your health!
If your skin does not show improvement after the use of these techniques, consult a dermatologist. Sometimes you can only do so much on your own! Don’t be afraid to consult the assistance of others.
The good news is that you don’t have to live forever with dry elbows. Despite what your arms may go through in a day, there is always a way to help improve the look and feel of that frustrating dehydrated skin.
Although elbows are usually left forgotten, it is truly important to take care of them properly. Try out these tips—and be patient with them. Change likely won’t happen for you overnight. Years of elbow neglect can take a long time to undo. Good luck on getting rid of your dry elbows!