Body care 101: How to care for the skin on your elbows and knees

Written by Tashika TyagiJun 28, 2021

Taking care of your skin is a regular, religious routine and not a one-day fest. Think of it as essential as drinking eight glasses of water every day. While most of us make sure to follow a regular face and hair care routine, we often miss out on the drier areas of the body like our knees, elbows and ankles.

We are well familiar with the horrors of dark elbows, cracked skin around ankles and the rough skin patches around the knees. So, it’s high time we pay a little more attention to these areas of our body and take care of them. Here are four tips you can follow in dealing with your elbows, knees and ankles right.

Cleanse thoroughly

We are sure you wash your body thoroughly every day while taking a shower, but now it’s time to pay a little extra attention to the drier areas. Lather your soap or body wash around your elbows, knees and ankles and give them a nice scrub with your loofah every day. This way, you reduce the risk of accumulating dead skin around these areas.

Try Love Beauty & Planet’s Natural Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Purify Body Wash to detoxify your body and give it a refreshing boost. This body wash is made with ethically sourced tea tree oil from Australia that refreshes and detoxifies your skin and has a nice woody smell that calms your senses.

Always moisturise

One of the main reasons why your knees, elbows and ankles have cracked, pigmented skin is because of the lack of moisturisation. Lack of moisturisation makes these parts of your body dry, which leads to hyperpigmentation. Therefore, it is very important to always keep your elbows, knees and ankles moisturised with a good body lotion like the Vaseline Body Ice Gel Cream. This lightweight formula is formulated with hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C and E, enabling it to soothe the skin from heat and dryness and keep it fresh and radiant. You’ll also love the instant cooling effect it provides.

Exfoliate once a week

You need to make exfoliating a regular part of your body care routine to keep your knees, elbows and ankles soft and supple like the rest of your body. Exfoliating helps you to get rid of dead skin cells. With regular exfoliation, you can avoid the accumulation of dead skin cells that cause pigmentation and dryness.

Exfoliate once or twice a week with a body scrub. Rubbing too hard can lead to skin irritation and redness, so be gentle. We recommend the Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Scrub with Kiwi Seeds and Cool Aloe for this purpose. While the aloe vera in the scrub fades your blemishes, the kiwi works towards brightening and moisturising your skin. So, take a dollop of this body polish and scrub away your stubborn areas to reveal smoother, brighter skin.

Don’t forget to wear sunscreen

Come rain or shine; you simply can’t forget your sunscreen! We often forget about our elbows and knees when we slather sunscreen on our skin. This can lead to sun damage like sunburn and tanning around these areas. Remember, sunburns can lead to hyperpigmentation which can further cause pigmentation on your elbows, knees and ankles if you don’t protect them from sun damage.

So, it is important to thoroughly apply your sunscreen to all exposed parts of your body. Our go-to is the Lakmé Sun Expert SPF 50 PA+++ Ultra Matte Lotion Sunscreen. With SPF 50 and broad-spectrum protection, this sunscreen blocks up to 97% harmful UVB sun rays and is non-sticky and non-greasy on your skin. Plus, it won’t leave behind that annoying white residue we oh-so-hate.