There are three areas of your body that tend to get dry, itchy, and cracked: elbows, knees, and heels. They go through a lot throughout the day not only in terms of movement, but also when they’re exposed to the sun, wind, rain, and ever-changing temperatures. It can cause these areas to be painful and you may even feel as though they’re unsightly. If you’re ready to make your elbows, knees, and heels soft and smooth, the following ideas can help get you started.
So many are worried about properly moisturizing their face but forget that the rest of their body needs some TLC as well. During the winter is when you can slather on the heavy body cream, but during the warmer months, you’re going to want to lighten up a bit by using a lightweight body moisturizer. Make sure you pay special attention to rubbing the lotion on your elbows, knees, and heels.
Ideally, you should exfoliate your body about two times per week, but if you have sensitive skin, you may want to stick to only one time. Rub an exfoliating scrub on your knees, elbows, and heels in a circular motion. You don’t have to scrub hard. Keep in mind you’re just removing the dead skin cells; you don’t want to tear into your healthy skin.
Avoid Hot Showers
As great as it can feel to take hot showers, it’s best if you refrain if you’re trying to get smooth elbows, knees, and heels. Hot water can suck the moisture right out of the skin; opt for lukewarm water instead. Make sure to use a moisturizing body wash!
Did you know that sun exposure can cause your skin to dry out? Chances are your elbows, knees, and heels are exposed during the spring and summer thanks to your wearing of tank tops, t-shirts, shorts, sandals, and dresses, so your skin is right in the path of the sun’s rays. Slather on the sunscreen – about a shot glass full each time you apply – and put it on 30-minutes before you leave your home. Always use sunscreen with a high SPF, and don’t forget to reapply it after every time you go swimming.
Use a Skin Repair Lotion
One way to add an extra dose of moisture to your elbows, knees, and heels is to apply a skin repair lotion and cover up with socks. For your heels, apply the lotion, put socks on, and leave them on overnight. When it comes to your elbows and knees, you’re going to have to cut the toe portion off a pair of clean socks. Apply the lotion to these two areas then slide the socks on over your elbows and knees so they look like elbow pads and knee pads; the socks should not be too tight. Leave them on for a bit before removing.
The better you are to your elbows, knees, and heels, the better they’re going to be to you in terms of being softer, smoother, and less itchy. You may be surprised just how much these areas can change for the better when you give them a little more TLC.