Rough knees with flaky, dry, and darkened skin looks as if there is white dust scattered on them. It is caused by a cluster of dead skin cells on the knees which have not been timely removed. ‘Dusty’ knees look very un-aesthetic, especially during summer months when you wear short dresses, shorts or skirts and your knees are exposed. Keeping the knees exfoliated and well moisturized is important for your overall appearance. Below are some methods to get rid of dark, flaky skin from the knees and soften them for a more appealing look.
Ways to Treat Dark and Rough Knees for a Smoother Look
Milk and Honey
Draw a bath of lukewarm water. Add milk and honey to it. Soak in the tub for about 15 minutes to soften the skin. Now, massage your knees with the help of a pumice stone while still in the water.
Pat them dry once you come out of the bath. Next, massage them with a small amount of virgin coconut oil to provide moisture to the skin. The last step is to take a greasy, oil-based, thick skin cream and rub it generously on your knees. Following this routine during every shower will ensure that the knees remain smooth and hydrated and there is no dead cell buildup on the skin.
Alpha Keri Oil
As mentioned above, draw a lukewarm bath. This time, add a few drops of Alpha Keri oil to the water.
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Soak in it for about 10-15 minutes. Use an exfoliating scrub or pumice stone to remove any dead skin build-up in the knee area.
To soften the rough skin, generously massage it with butter. Wash it off thoroughly. This routine also promises an ultra-smooth texture to the knees. To keep them hydrated on the go, you can carry a bottle of water mixed with a good moisturizing cream. Massage your knees with it whenever they appear rough or dehydrated.
Coffee and Salt
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Massage it in circular motion on your knees to soften them and also to remove any dark spots on the skin. Use a tea-tree oil based cleanser to oxygenate your skin after exfoliating. The final step is to apply a moisturizer. It can be a simple massage with jojoba or sweet almond oil, or you can go for a good moisturizing cream off the store shelf to serve your purpose.
Always use lukewarm water for your bath. Hot water strips away the natural oils of the skin leaving it dehydrated. Avoid using harsh soaps with strong fragrances. Skin cleansers are milder and better suited for the skin. The use of a humidifier in dry weather will also help the knees retain their natural moisture and prevent dry, flaky skin.When exfoliating, do not scrub too hard as it may cause redness, irritation or may even result in the skin breaking open.