Dark Elbows: 15 Natural Treatments I Use To Lighten Them

Last Updated: August 29, 2019
dark elbows: 15 natural treatments I use to lighten them

Many of us may have already faced the darkening of elbows. Funny thing those parts. How it is so different from the arms skin just around it!

Sometimes when we bend our hands, they are gone but again at stretching it, they arrive back. Ugly things darkened skin.

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But, fear not as there are remedies to it. That too can be performed in the comfort of your home in your daily routine.

What Are the Reasons Behind Dark Elbows?

Darkening of elbows, knees, thighs, underarms is a natural process that happens to everyone and can be controlled too.

It can be because of age, genetics, dry skin, poor or improper hygiene, overexposure to the sun or lack of exfoliation, accumulation of dirt, grime, dead skin cells, etc.

Even certain disease and medication can cause the darkening of body parts. Like Addison’s syndrome, obesity, hormonal imbalances, benign hyperpigmentation or active melanocytes in the elbows. Our daily behavior like frequent contact and friction with clothes, leaning on the table with your elbows or rubbing it on hard surfaces can be the causes.

Home Therapy to Treat the Dark Elbow Away

Nothing is better, safer, easier than the methods that can be done at home. That is why upon vast research we have gathered 15 of the most popular and user satisfactory method of whitening the dark elbows of any. All these techniques can be used for lightening knees, underarms, back, neck or thighs too. So, shall we?

1. Baking Soda and Milk Exfoliator

Ingredients:

  • ½Tsp baking soda
  • Milk

The benefits of it:

Baking soda is one of nature best exfoliator. It mildly scrubs off dead cells and dirt from the surface without hurting the cells. It bleaches skin well. Milk is also a lightener with hydrating properties. Without proper hydration, skin tends to get dark. It also has got lots of enzyme and protein.

How to do it:

Blend the baking soda in the milk to make a paste of it. The consistency depends on you. But, do not make it too watery. Apply it all over and wait for it to dry. It will take about 5 minutes. Scrub and wash off with water.

Do it every second day for faster and brighter results. Both ingredients are mild and safe. So, suitable for all skin types.

2. Turmeric MaskDark Elbows: 15 Natural Treatments I Use To Lighten Them

Ingredients:

  • ½Tsp turmeric
  • 1Tbsp yogurt/cream

The benefits of it:

The spice turmeric has more than enough benefits to count. It is healing and works fantastically to lighten and brighten the face. That is why it is used in the bridal shower in many South Asian countries. It is antibacterial as well. Yogurt is filled with bacteria also provides hydration, moisturization just like cream.

How to do it:

Sprinkle the spice in your chosen media and stir in. So that everything greats spread well. Once done coat it on your elbows and wait for a few minutes. Wash off with soap and water after that.

It can be used once a week or twice. But, do not keep it on for a long time either it will color your skin yellow and the stain does not come off easily. It can get messy beware of your belongings.

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3. Honey Moisturizer

Ingredients:

The benefits of it:

Honey itself is used a lot to lighten the darkened skin. It is also a great moisturizer and has antibacterial activity. Together they make a great bleach that can whiten the darkest elbow but will not harm the skin. In fact, will make it healthier.

How to do it:

Make a paste out of all the ingredients and apply on the elbows. Keep it like that for half an hour. After the time is up wash it off.

It is safe for all skin use. Do it once in a week. Use lukewarm water to wash.

Or, you can simply apply honey before heading towards the bed. Or add honey in aloe gel.

4. Sugar and Olive Oil Treatment

Ingredients:

  • 1Tbsp sugar
  • 1Tbsp olive oil

The benefits of it:

Sugar is a natural scrubber. Its’ edgy hard course like granules scrub off all the dead cells and reveals fresh skin. It rubs off the embedded dirt in the creases of the elbow that makes it appear dark. Olive oil is a great emollient that puts on a safety but effective layer between sugar granules and skin also provides with moisture and anti-aging effect.

How to do it:

Pour the oil into sugar and combine them nicely. Once done rub it on elbows. Do it in soft gentle slow circular motions for a couple of minutes. Once done, wash off with plenty tepid water.

5. Lemon Juice BleachingDark Elbows: 15 Natural Treatments I Use To Lighten Them

Ingredients:

  • Lemon

The benefits of it:

Lemon is a great antibacterial bleaching agent. It is very powerful and can kill acne-causing bacteria as well.

How to do it:

Take a lemon cut it in half and rub it on the shoulders. Or squeeze out the juice and apply with cotton.

As said before it is very strong if needed you can dilute it with water. Upon falling on certain things like marble it can wash off its color as well. So, be careful as it gets really messy. Repeat this every day. In a week or two, you will see great result.

You can also try adding some good amount of juice in sugar or honey and try that as a scrub. Both ways will help a lot.

6. Natural Oil Massage

Ingredients:

  • Any of your favorite oil

The benefits of it:

Oils themselves are great moisturizers that keep your skin nourished, soft and healthy. Some like olive oil has essential lightening properties. They help to keep bold circulation okay with providing other nutrients.

How to do it:

Take your favorite oil. Coconut, olive, almond, argan, jojoba, etc. Warm it up a bit. Massage on the rough dark skin.

Do not wash it off. If you want, you can add few drops of lemon juice. Do it every day. Especially after a bath. You will see a result that lasts long with continuous use.

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7. Almond, Buttermilk and Oatmeal Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1Tbsp oatmeal
  • 3-4 almonds
  • 3-5Tbsp buttermilk

The benefits of it:

Oatmeal is a great scrubber. Almond too. They can whiten the skin. Buttermilk is so moisturizing.

How to do it:

First, grind the oatmeal and crushed the almonds nicely. Then add the buttermilk. Rub the paste on elbows in circular soft motion. Let it rest for about 10-15 minutes and then rinse off with water. Try the scrub once a week before you get your desired result.

8. Gram Flour and Lemon Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1Tbsp gram flour
  • 1Tbsp lemon

The benefits of it:

Gram flour and lemon both are great scrubber and skin lightener.

How to do it:

Take the equal parts of the ingredients and mix in. A nice paste will form. Apply the paste and rub on elbows. Leave it for few minutes. Then wash it all off.

You will see results instantly. Do it once a week. You can improvise it by replacing lemon juice with an equal part of yogurt and make a paste of them. Rest is same.

9. Butter Rub to Prevent Elbow DarkeningDark Elbows: 15 Natural Treatments I Use To Lighten Them

Ingredients:

  • cocoa butter/shea butter

The benefits of it:

The butter will naturally prevent your elbows getting dark in the future. They have the ability to penetrate through the toughest of skin part and moisture it. Your elbow will become soft and smooth.

How to do it:

Just take a bit of the butter and rub on the surface. Do it before bath so that all of it and the sticky feelings come off as you take bath. Do it as you feel like.

10. Aloe Vera Gel Whitening

Ingredients:

The benefits of it:

Aloe is a powerful anti-aging and hydrating agent. It will keep skin’s pH level balanced with cells rejuvenating hence getting rid of dark dull cells.

How to do it:

Cut your aloe leaves. It is a lot tricky and gooey. First, cut the bottom top and the sides with a sharp knife. You will see transparent jelly like the body is getting revealed. Then cut the flat surface keeping the knife as close as to the leaves. Waste less. Make sure there are no green lines left on the transparent body. As they contain latex and can be allergic to a few.

After separating the inside part, chop it a bit and blend them in a blender. Do not add water though. Blend thoroughly. Take out the solid part and throw it. Drop a few drops of vitamin E. It is a natural preservative. Store it in the freezer or a dry cool place.

Apply the gel on the dark spots and leave it for few minutes. Wash off with plain water. Do it every day at least for a week to see the results.

11. Papaya Mask

Ingredients:

  • Papaya
  • 1Tsp water

The benefits of it:

Along with great enzyme, papaya has bleaching ability too that will ward off the darkness from your elbows. It is also very moisturizing. Papaya can penetrate deep down in the layers, thus whiten from deep inside. That is why it is great for thick skin of elbows.

How to do it:

Cut a slice from the papaya then chop it. Mash in the chopped pieces using some water to thin the consistency. Spread that mash on the elbow and let it dry for 10 minutes. Wash off with water.

Apply it once in every 2 days. You can also keep it refrigerated to use later.

12. Potatoes Slice to Eliminate Darkness

Ingredients:

  • Potato

The benefits of it:

I guess potato is the oldest and most used therapy to get rid of dark elbows, knees, and underarms. And back too.

How to do it:

Cut a slice off the potato and simply rub it on the darkened area for 20 minutes or more. Or you can mash it and add in some yogurt to make a mask. Wash off that mask from elbow after putting it there for 25 minutes or so.

13. Mint Tea Treatment

Ingredients:

  • Mint leaves
  • Few drops of lemon juice
  • ½ cup water

Dark Elbows: 15 Natural Treatments I Use To Lighten ThemThe benefits of it:

Mint is not only for refreshing mouth or a great appetite. Its cooling and soothing properties also relax skin. Amazingly enough, they have the ability to whiten the skin as well.

How to do it:

Boil the water. Add the leaves. Boil it again for few minutes. Let it cool down and seep in. Then when it has reached a nice temperature for your skin to tolerate, add the lemon. And mix.

Dip a cotton pad in the solution and dab it on the elbows. After about half an hour, wash it all off.

14. Vitamin E to Rescue Dark Elbows

Ingredients:

  • 1Tbsp vitamin E oil
  • 1Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1Tbsp glycerin
  • 10Tbsp milk

The benefits of it:

Glycerin is a great moisturizer and retains skin hydration.

How to do it:

In a bowl add in everything one by one. Stir so that they mix well. Just apply the mixture on the spot and wait for about half an hour or so. Wash off. It can be stored but not for long. Use it every day for a week or so until it shown the result.

15. Cucumber Slice Spot Treatment

Ingredients:

  • Cucumber

The benefits of it:

Though the name of cucumber intrigues an image of something really cooling, it has amazing bleaching properties of it too. It will provide immense hydration and will remove impurities from the skin surface.

How to do it:

Cut a thick disc of cucumber and rub it all over the elbows for 10 minutes. For next 5 minutes let it be. Then rinse off using cold water. Do it daily.

Or you can squeeze the juice out of it and mix it with an equal part of lemon juice. The concoction will help too. After applying, leave it for 20 minutes. Wash off with plain water. This too can be done daily.

What Else Can Be Done?

All these home remedies are really effective but with home remedies, we have to make our lifestyle elbow friendly too. Maintain proper hygiene, scrub regularly, provide lots of moisture and keep it protected.

Apply SPF each time you go out in the sun. Wear soft clothes and do not rub it on any surface continuously. Drink lots of water.

No More Eclipse Only Full Moon

No matter what your skin tone is you deserve that to be free of dark spots, patches, and other imperfection. Be comfort and flawless in your skin. Just like how the moon flaunts even with all those spots you to be bright in your confidence.

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