A few weeks ago, I consulted with a dermatologist on the hows and whys of dark knees and elbows. There are many factors that cause dark skin. One stood out to me and is something I want to discuss: Friction.
I know there are people out there are noticing that the leaning and kneeling on the workout mat are seeing the dark areas. It makes sense as the smallest amount of friction affects the skin. The more you’ll see the effect if you’re working out at least every other day of the week.
I’m listing down a few items to curb the darkness, still consulting back with what the dermatologist said. It’s been identified that you should keep an eye out for a few ingredients that help lighten knees and elbows.
Vitamin C is one of the forerunners. Keep in mind that its best to apply lotion all over your legs and arms. This is because the lotion serves as added layer of protection. Don’t think spot treatment when it comes to dark knees and elbows.
I spotted Sanitas Vitamin C Body Lotion as it promises effects with a non-toxic formula along with squalane, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants. These ingredients bring about hydration, something crucial in keeping your skin looking good.
There is also the Somaluxe Firming Lotion with Collagen, CoQ10, and Vitamin C for Face, Neck and Body. As the name can already tell you, it’s power-packed with ingredients to help your skin recover from the bad stuff.
Best applied your workout and after you take a shower.
If there’s one thing I learned, if you want immediate but lasting results, you need to have a complete routine. A lotions is a good start. But I also know that your soaps and cleansers also help you keep dark elbows and knees away. After all, these products are crucial in turning over new skin, literally.
For this, it’s best to go gentle. Harsh ingredients won’t help the skin. Give it much love with Mila Moursi Refining Body Scrub. It has “black pearl extracts that deep cleanses and refines skin texture, eliminating impurities.” This is said to increase “ the rate of skin’s cell renewal and improves the clarity and luminosity by accelerating its natural peeling process.”
For your body wash, check out the Indie Lee De-Stress Body Wash. It has a gentle coconut-derived cleanser with Calendula, Panthenol, and hydrolyzed Quinoa, rich in protein and Vitamins A and B.
On top of that, your skin will love how it is cruelty-free, Paraben-free, Gluten-free, Phthalate-Free, and Sulfate-Free.
Don’t forget sunblock. No matter how minimal sunlight hits your skin, it will immediately darken your problem spots. For a no-fuss application, spray on the Coola Classic Body Organic Sunscreen Spray. It carries an organic formula but gives that protection you need.