Gone are the days of you hiding your body underneath long-sleeved tops, pants, and long skirts. Read on to discover the best way to brighten both your elbows and knees.
What causes darkening?
Before we tackle ~*shadowy*~ regions, we must first know what causes them to darken. Pigmentation happens when the areas have dry skin and are frequently exposed to friction. Elbows and knees often get rubbed by clothes and furniture. Plus, those areas tend to get flaky as compared to the other parts of our body.
How do I make it stop?
According to Yanee Vasquez, MD of Aesthetic Science Clinic, one can try bleaching creams to lighten the pigmented areas. “[Use] an application of whitening/bleaching creams/lotions and/or 10% urea lotion that is available OTC [over-the-counter],” she explained.
If you’re wondering what urea is for, Dr. Vasquez said that it aids in exfoliation, revealing a brighter surface. Alternatively, she suggested using scrubs to slough off dead skin. “They can also do a weekly scrub and bleach procedure in combination with the bleaching creams,” she recommended.
“[You need] six weeks to three months usually to see results,” she disclosed.
How do I keep them light and bright?
Now that you’ve done rehab, maintenance is key to keep 'em smooth and bright. Slather a moisturizing lotion with whitening benefits daily to fight darkening before it starts. Exfoliate weekly to prevent dead skin build-up, too!
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