If you've started to notice dark patches on your knees, then my friend, you probably have ashy knees. Nothing to worry about! They do no harm. However, ashy knees can make one feel embarrassed and self-conscious. They are caused due to lack of moisture in the skin, constant friction between the skin and the clothes and accumulation of dead skin cells. Now that you have a clearer idea of what ashy skin is, let's talk about a few ways to get rid of it.
While they're more noticeable on the knees, you can also find them on your elbows, ankles and the face. Today, you're going to learn how to treat ashy knees.
Many a time, it's only our face that we pay attention to while moisturising. It's important to show our body some love too. When the skin is dry, you can be sure that it's caused due to lack of moisture. A moisturising body lotion product that's thick in texture and consistency will not only keep the skin on your knees moisturised but soft and smooth as well.
Synthetic gym outfits may make our booty look good, but wearing that material on a daily basis is toxic for the skin. Forget allowing your skin to breathe, synthetic fabrics trap sweat and irritate the skin too. Cotton is the best fabric for the skin because it's light, airy and soft!
Bathing in pipping hot water isn't just bad for ashy knees, but for the skin as well. Hot water strips the skin from its natural oils and if you aren't careful enough, it will burn your skin. Lukewarm water is the ideal water temperature you need for a bath. Once you come out from a shower, don't forget to show your damp skin some love by moisturising it.
What do you do when you have dead skin buildup on your face? You exfoliate it, right? Do the same for your knees, elbows and ankles. Don't be aggressive, be gentle and exfoliate mindfully. Scrubbing off the dead skin cells makes room for healthy skin cells and an improvement in one's skin's texture. You can even use chemical exfoliants like AHAs and BHAs on your elbows and knees!
Sometimes, DIYs are effective. To treat ashy knees, make a DIY paste using apple cider vinegar and yoghurt. Since yoghurt contains lactic acid and vinegar contains acetic acid, they will cleanse your knees without drying your skin out. All you have to do is add 1 tbsp of yoghurt with 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and massage the paste on your knees. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water. Do this twice a week for a month for positive results.
And finally, if none of these methods helps you to get rid of ashy skin, do get in touch with your dermatologist.
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