Dark knees or ashy knees become the bane of our existence during summer time when we want to wear short clothes and flaunt our slim legs and or perfect tan. However, dark knees come in between our plans to look sexy. Dark knees are commonly seen in people who suffer from very dry skin. People with dark complexion also have dark and ashy knees. The problem of ashy knees can affect both men and women irrespective of their age. The color of the skin around the knees becomes extremely dark, so much so that it stands out in stark contrast to the color of the rest of the skin.
Dark skin is not treated as a medical condition; it is more of a beauty condition and can therefore be treated using many cosmetic products. But the creams and lotions formulated for treating dark ashy knees are expensive and not always deliver what they promise. Hence to treat dark knees one must always use the trusted and tried home remedies. There are many effective yet simple home remedies to lighten the color of the knees. However, you have to be regular with the treatments and you can even use two or more natural treatments at the same time since these treatments are without any side effects.
Tips For Lightening Dark Knees
1. Baking Soda
Dark and ashy knees can sometimes be the result of accumulation of dead skin cells on the knees. If these skin cells are not removed they turn dark in color by interacting with the oxygen present in the air. Baking soda is an excellent natural scrub and should be used on the dark knees regularly to get rid of the dead and flaky dark skin. Simply make a paste of baking powder using water. Apply the paste on the dark knees and leave for about five minutes. After five minutes wet your hands and start scrubbing the knees on which baking soda paste has been applied. Scrub well for 7-10 minutes or even longer. The skin on the knees is stronger and thicker compared with that of the rest of the body. Hence you can scrub easily without worrying about any abrasions. Once the knees have been scrubbed properly remove the baking soda paste using water. Towel dry the knees and while they are still slightly damp immediately apply generous amounts of moisturizing cream on the knees. You should do this treatment every day for a period of two weeks. The skin on your knees would have lightened considerably. After this you can do the treatment every alternate day.
2. Oatmeal Scrub
Mix two tablespoons powdered oatmeal with two teaspoons fresh cream. If you don’t have fresh cream then use cold cream or honey. Apply the resulting paste on the knees and leave for two minutes. Now gently start massaging the paste on the knees. Wet your hands if the paste becomes dry. Use only the tips of your fingers for massaging. After massaging both the knees for 10 minutes wash off the oatmeal scrub using cold water. Oatmeal is a natural exfoliator much like baking soda. It effectively removes the layer of dead skin cells from the knees giving them a lightened and clean look. You should always apply a moisturizer after washing and drying the knees. This will help lock in the moisture in the skin.
Take one tablespoon powdered almonds and one teaspoon finely powdered almond shells. Mix the two dry ingredients and add fresh cream to it. Apply the almond shell scrub on the knees and massage them for 7-10 minutes. If the scrub hurts then you should powder the almond shells even finer. Once the massing is done leave the scrub on the knees for five minutes and then remove using lukewarm water. Dry the knees and apply a moisturizer. You could even replace apricot shells with walnut shells.
Wash your knees using paste of chickpea powder and water. Apply the paste on your knees and allow to dry. Once the chickpea paste dries remove it using cold water. Dry the knees and while they are slightly damp take a dollop of Vaseline and rub it well on both the knees. Spread generous amounts of Vaseline on the knees and then wrap the knees in bandages. Do the Vaseline treatment each night before going to bed. After two weeks of regular use of this treatment you will find that not only has the color of the knees lightened considerably but the skin on the knees has becomes soft and supple like a baby’s. Vaseline has the rich properties of petroleum jelly which makes it so beneficial for treating dryness of skin and correcting the color of knees.
5. Olive Oil
Warm a little olive oil and apply it on your dark knees. Rub the oil well into the skin. Do this treatment at night before going to bed. Olive oil treatment for lightening the color of dark knees should be done only thrice a week. Olive oil will not only cure the problem of ashy knees but also soften the skin on the knees. You could also use warm coconut oil in place of olive oil for massaging the dark knees. Coconut oil is as effective as olive oil but it needs to be massaged daily on the knees.
6. Vitamin E Oil
Take a tablespoon of vitamin E oil and mix a little sugar in it. Leave the mixture for 10 minutes until the sugar has dissolved in the oil to some extent. Now gently massage the oil on your knees. You will feel the scrubbing effects of sugar on the knees while the oil is being rubbed. Massage for 7-10 minutes and then leave the oil overnight. In the morning wash knees with lukewarm water and apply a cream.
Lemon is natural bleach and can lighten the color of the knees with regular use. Wash your knees and rub one half of a lemon fruit on knee and the other half on the other knee.
Rub for 10 minutes and then allow the juice to dry. Wash the juice using cold water. Do this treatment as many numbers of times as you want in a day. But don’t forget to apply a moisturizer to the knees after every treatment.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.