How to remove dry skin from elbows

Dry skin has a way of appearing on the thin but tough skin found on areas like the elbows and knees. Dry skin on the elbows can be especially embarrassing because it's hard to cover when you wear short-sleeved shirts. Remove that dead skin with items you most likely already have at your house. Applying some TLC to your elbows can reveal smoother, younger skin that you'll love to show off.

Dampen your elbows with warm water. Use an exfoliating cream that has rough beads in it to slough off the dry, dead skin that's causing your elbows to be dry. Scrub well and rinse off until clean.

Mix your own exfoliating agent if you don't have one on hand. Take 100 g (3.5 oz) sugar and add enough water to make a paste that has a consistency that's similar to toothpaste. Using your fingers, scoop up the paste and rub onto your elbows to slough off the dry skin. Rinse carefully.

Choose a rich moisturiser that contains ingredients like vitamin E, aloe vera, cocoa butter and olive oil to infuse the fresh skin on your elbows with a much-needed dose of moisture. Apply the moisturiser generously.

Wrap the area of the elbow in plastic wrap to create a warm, enclosed environment in which your elbows can absorb the moisture. Doing this before bed is a good idea; you can then remove the plastic wrap when you wake up. Don't wrap it so tight that you cut off circulation---make it just tight enough to protect your clothing and furniture from the moisturiser.

Continue to moisturise with a thick moisturiser each time you shower. Your skin absorbs moisture more easily after a shower, when your pores are open, making it the ideal time to add some cream to your elbows to maintain their smooth appearance.

Things You'll Need

  • Exfoliating cream
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Moisturiser
  • Plastic wrap
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Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.