Your elbow skin is often drier and rougher than other places of your body and this could be the result of cold weather, hormonal changes, or genetics. Whatever the reason, they’re unsightly to us. By properly caring for your elbow skin, you can eliminate dryness and roughness for good. Here are a few simple tips to smooth and soften rough elbows.
Switch to an Emollient Cream
Most people deal with their dry or rough elbows with standard body lotion. Unfortunately, this isn’t always enough to keep your skin soft and supple. If lotion isn’t working, try an emollient cream. Emollients are found in common beauty products, such as lipstick and lotions. This unique type of moisturizer helps to keep skin hydrated by reducing water loss from the outer layer of skin. As an added bonus, it doubles as a skin barrier.
Exfoliate Twice a Week
Over time, excess oils surface and debris can build up on your skin. The result is often clogged and congested skin. At least twice a week, exfoliate the skin by scrubbing the area in small circular motions with a gentle exfoliator. This will help to remove the buildup of dead skin.
Avoid Dyes and Fragrances
Some skincare products causes skin to dry out, resulting a rough texture. If your skin is sensitive, stick with cleaners and moisturizers that are dye and fragrance free. Organic or all-natural products are great options as they’re usually free of harsh, artificial components that irritate your skin.
Cover Your Elbows After Moisturizing
After you lather your elbows up with cream, cover it with an elastic cotton bandage or with a soft tube sock with the toes cut off. You can do this before bed and leave the wrap on all night as you sleep. This practice will help keep the dry air out and your elbows hydrated longer.
Limit the Amount of Hot Showers
The occasional hot shower can be therapeutic for your tense muscles, but too many can result in dry skin. Hot showers disrupt the skin’s natural balance of natural oils, fats, and proteins that keep skin healthy. Cooler showers can keep skin hydrated. You can help your skin maintain natural oils by keeping your water cool and your showers relatively short.
Your elbows are often neglected when it comes to skincare. However, a few simple changes will leave the skin on your elbows feeling soft and smooth.