Chances are, you have already heard the term 'ashy skin' before. At the dermatologists’ office, it has names like keratinized dehydrated disorder, xerosis, or asteatosis. But at its core, ashy skin is just merely very dry and dehydrated skin. Usually found on your elbows, knees and ankles, they take on a whitish or greyish colour; making them look more prominent than the rest of the skin on your body.
It is in no way a severe condition, but since it is so visible, it can sometimes warrant a snide comment from a savage bestie. Especially if you like showing off those toned stems in mini dresses, having ashy knees underneath is a big no-no. Let's do a deep dive as to why it occurs and how to deal with it, shall we?
- What causes ashy knees?
- Use gentle products
- Avoid hot showers
- Moisturise your skin
- Wear natural fabrics
- Consult a dermat
What causes ashy knees?
If you are someone who likes to work out, do yoga or basically any activity that exposes your knees to friction; you'll start to notice ashy knees after a while. All the friction causes dead skin cells to accumulate and stay concentrated in one area. This can lead to scaly skin that is devoid of natural exfoliation and unable to absorb any moisturisers you apply to it.
Ashy knees are also caused by lack of hydration. It gets worse with drier climates, winter or harsh water treatments that you might come in contact with.
How to treat ashy knees:
Use gentle products
Like we mentioned before, it is not too severe a condition that you can't take care of. Use gentle products that contain no alcohol and harsh chemicals to wash your skin. Deoeorised soaps and aggressive scrubs can make matters worse. Certain body washes can also be detergent based and cause further damage to the already flaky skin. Use a body wash with a mild exfoliant in it like the Love Beauty & Planet Murumuru Butter and Rose Moisture Body Wash. It is both hydrating and improves the skin's texture.
Avoid hot showers
Avoid taking long, hot showers and instead, bathe with lukewarm water. Overexposure to hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils. It can be worse for your already over dry knees, especially if you don’t moisturise your body post-shower. Let your skin air dry and immediately treat with moisturiser to lock the hydration in.
Moisturise your skin
Use products that have strong emollients in them that can provide long-lasting friction control. You can also look at including lactic acid in your body care routine — it works wonders for dry and patchy skin. Tackle seasonal changes by treating your body with Love Beauty & Planet Argan Oil and Lavender Soothe and Serene Body Lotion.
Wear natural fabrics
Pay close attention to the fabrics you are wearing. Choose natural options like cotton instead of synthetic ones like polyester that can irritate your skin. Synthetic fabrics also hold on to harsh laundry agents and rub them against your skin. Natural fabrics let you skin breathe and have no adverse interactions with it.
Consult a dermat
Ashy knees can sometimes indicate more severe cases of allergies, psoriasis or eczema. If nothing has helped your case, we recommend consulting a dermatologist about the same.