What Can I Do For My Dark Rough Elbows And Knees?
Q: I have two beautiful African American girls that I adopted as babies.
I have always had trouble keeping their knees and elbows smooth and they tend to keep darker than the rest of their skin.
I do have pics of them but will upload them later. This is a new computer and I haven't had time.
Thank you, Jan
A: Hi Jan. I think it's really beautiful that you have adopted your two wonderful children and I imagine you must have a lot of questions concerning their skin and hair care needs.
The dryness and darkness of knees and elbows is a common occurrence in people of color. The key to keeping them smooth and even toned is to keep them moisturized.
You won't be able to lighten them beyond a certain point because when they come in contact with other surfaces over time they natural get darker.
I recommend you start using organic Shea butter to moisturize your girls because it's all natural, deeply moisturizing and long lasting.
If they don't like the very earthy smell it has you can try adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil.
The Shea will also help to lighten any extra discoloration while keeping the skin moist and supple.
God bless you and your girls.