Simple Tips to Combat Dry Elbows and Knees

Due to the freezing winter temperature outside and dry heat emitting from room heaters, the skin becomes extremely dry during the winter months. Especially the skin around the elbows and knees become dry and rough with flaky layers of skin.

But with some simple tips you can surely make dry and rough skin on elbows and knees much softer and better so that you can enjoy good looking hands and legs.

Here are some of the tips:

1. Exfoliate
Exfoliation is the first important step to start with. It is highly essential to exfoliate your body in order to get rid of dead, dry skin cells. During the winter days you need to pay special attention to your knees and elbows as they tend to become drier and scalier as compared to other parts of the body. Try to be careful and gentle while exfoliating and do not scrub your skin aggressively. Exfoliate your dry skin around your elbows and knees at least once a week. You use a commercial product or homemade sugar scrub, but you need to avoid products that contain alcohol because they can even make your problem worse.

2. Apply Moisturizer
After exfoliation, the next step is to moisturize and re-hydrate your skin thoroughly. You can use a moisturizing cream that contains aloe vera and vitamin E to give your elbows and knees an intensive treatment. Try to apply moisturizer right after taking a bath or shower as during this time the skin can absorb moisture quickly. You can even apply some olive oil, almond oil or lavender oil to nourish your dry skin before going to bed. Regular use of moisturizer can help you to enjoy a beautiful, hydrated skin on your elbows and keens.

3. Avoid Hot Water
With the temperature going down, it seems very tempting to indulge in a long, hot bath or shower. Regular hot showers can be the reason behind dry patches of skin that feel scaly or even start to crack. This happens as hot water washes away skin’s protective oils, leaving it dry, tight, and itchy. So, if you have extremely dry elbows and knees you need to use lukewarm water instead of hot water.

4. Protect Them
If you want to avoid dry skin on knees and elbows, you need to protect them from the cold, windy, dry fall and winter air by wearing proper and suitable clothes. The best way to dress for winter is to wear layers and keep your hands and legs properly covered. Wearing layers will give you flexibility to add or remove layers, depending on the weather and your activity. Thermal long underwear made of synthetics (polyester, polypropylene, etc.) is a good option. Wear bulky flannel lined pants, wool pants or sweaters on the outside. If you are in a windy area opt for a wind proof layer for every part of your body to reduce wind chill.

5. Use an Emollient
If you have extreme dry skin on knees and elbows, use an emollient every day. Emollients are a category of moisturizers often used to help maintain skin hydration and provide a skin barrier. In addition to making the skin look and feel smoother, some emollients contribute to the reduction of trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). An emollient is not as creamy as a lotion, but it works like magic on dry, cracked, itchy skin. For better result, opt for an emollient having ingredients like lanolin, soy sterol and sunflower seed oil.

By following these tips you can pay much attention to hydrate and nourish your elbows and knees which are generally left out and neglected.

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