Dark knees and elbows are a major problem for many women. Having them means you have to sometimes compromise with what you wear and could even make you feel very uncomfortable and under-confident. Even when you are comfortable with them you can feel or get the constant nagging from other women about them. 

If you wonder how you get them then the answer is that these parts do not have any oil glands and tend to get very dry. Further dead skin cells or dirt can make them very rough and dark. Sometimes these are even caused by any hormonal imbalance that you are going through. 

There could be reasons behind this but that doesn’t mean you cannot get rid of dark knees and elbows. Here are some hacks that you can DIY if you want to fix these dark areas like they weren’t there in the first place. 

Things you should do and things you shouldn’t:

  • Moisturizing: This could be the first thing you can start with when you are trying to get rid of dark knees or elbows. Since these areas get dry fast you should apply loads of moisture to them or keep reapplying them.
  • Drink water: This seems to be the solution to almost all of our problems. If you keep yourself internally hydrated your skin will get better and can even help with the dryness to remove dark knees and elbows.
  • Avoid putting your elbows on dirty surfaces: We unknowingly use our elbows to support us whenever we can but we tend to get dirt and other things stuck to them which make them darker.
  • Makeup: This might not be a long-term solution to your problem, but it is a good hack for the days you have to instantly fix your dark knees and elbows. Use some of your foundation, concealer and powder to create an even skin tone and you are good to go.

Hacks to Lighten Dark Knees and Elbows

Below are the hacks to lighten dark knees and elbows:

1. Lemon and Baking soda

Lemon and baking soda are the best ingredients when it comes to any skin problems. Lemon is a rich source of Vitamin C and baking soda has various cleansing properties when you mix these two you have the perfect solution for your dark knees and elbows. 

What you need to do: 

All you have to do for this is cut a lemon in half and dip it in some Baking soda and apply it directly to your dark knees and elbow. Keep it there for about 15 minutes and then wash it away using warm water. 

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is one of the best natural products to reduce dryness in your body. When you have dark knees and elbows, the main cause behind them is the dryness that you need to fight to get rid of the darkness. 

What you have to do:

To prepare this you need to mix some Aloe Vera gel or pulp to equal the quantity of milk. Use this paste on the affected area and leave it there as long as you can, you can even let it sit overnight. Wash it off and get instant moisturized and even skin. 

3. Sugar and Coconut oil

Coconut oil is known for its benefits for dry scalp and moisturizing it but did you know it is equally good for your skin too? 

Dark Knees and Elbows
Dark Knees and Elbows

Coconut oil can be one of the best products for you to use for dry knees and elbows. 

To lighten dark elbows, you need to scrub them and to lighten dark knees you should scrub them. One amazing homemade scrub you can prepare for that is by using sugar and coconut oil. 

What you need to do:

For this scrub, you should mix 2 teaspoons of sugar to 2 teaspoons of coconut oil. Mix these two to form a solid paste. You can use this scrub while taking a shower and apply it on the affected areas in a circular motion. You can use this scrub twice a week for better results. 

4. Potato

This is a secret ingredient that is not just tasty and versatile when it comes to cooking but this is also good to deal with the discoloration on your body. 

What you need to do:

You don’t have to do much; you can use the regular to lighten the dark parts. Slice a potato and put it in the mixer and extract the juice. Strain this and you can also store it for a few days. Use this juice directly on your knees and elbows, before going to take a bath and then wash them off. 

5. Lemon and Honey

This is another classic pair to deal with any discoloration or uneven skin. You can use these two not just for your face but also treat your dark knees and elbows. 

What you need to do: 

Add 2 tablespoons of honey to half a lemon’s juice and mix these two to form a paste. You can also add a little bit of baking soda to this for even better results or just use it without that. Apply the paste on the dark parts and let it dry for 15-20 minutes and then clean it with warm water. 

6. Curd and gram flour 

Curd is known for its hydrating properties and gram flour on the other hand would help to scrub away the dead skin and make the skin more even toned. 

Dark Knees and Elbows
Dark Knees and Elbows

What you need to do: 

To prepare this, mix 1 teaspoon of gram flour to a cup of curd (sour curd is preferable) and apply it on your knees and elbows in a scrubbing manner. Let it on for 10-15 minutes or until completely dry and then remove it using a cloth and some warm water. 

7. Tomato

This can be your instant solution when you don’t have much time to devote to your skincare. Tomato has the best qualities to even out the discoloration on your skin. 

What you need to do: 

For this, you have to simply cut a tomato in half or four parts depending on your requirements and simply rub it on the darker areas of your skin. You can leave this on for some time and then wash it down. 

These were some of the few home remedies or hacks that you can DIY at home and by using things that are lying around your kitchen. Use these regularly to get the best results and flaunt your skin as you should. 

Also read; Home Remedies To Deal With Dark Underarms