Hyperpigmentation is one of the most common concerns in the beauty industry causing people to spend millions of dollars on skin lightening products. This condition can happen on any part of the body and can arise for various reasons, including:
- Extensive sun exposure
- Allergic reaction
- Skin disorder
- High cell turnover rate
- Skin injury
The media constantly promotes the image of flawless skin that is smooth, even, and radiant, but how many people’s skin actually looks like that? The truth is, not everyone is the same color from head to toe, it doesn’t make sense that we would be. Wearing clothes Is a huge reason why the body is several different shades and everyone wears it. Celebrities actually get their bodies airbrushed to achieve that even tone so don’t feel insecure about it.
The most common areas for people to have a darker pigment is on the knees and elbows. The skin ins these places a but rougher than the skin in other areas and is also more prone to dryness. The reason these areas are dark is because of the friction it encounters from the joints bending. People also often rest their elbows on various surfaces or take a knee to perform a task.
People of color tend to have dark knees and elbows more frequently than others because they have a high cell turnover rate. When this happens people become prone to a buildup of dry skin that often darkens.
I want them gone now, what can I do?
The one and only way to get rid of dark elbows and knees completely is to apply makeup over them. While this may not be a permanent fix, it will banish the darkness in a flash. If this is only a onetime thing you are welcome to use the same product that you use on your face but if not, you’ll need to invest in a body makeup. Body makeup tends to be waterproof so that it doesn’t come off when it is rubbed or if you begin to sweat.
To apply makeup to your dark elbows and knees, you’ll need:
- Skin scrub
- Body wash
- Foundation primer
- Body makeup
- Sponge/makeup brush
- Setting powder
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Take a small amount of body wash and cleanse the skin. Cleansing the skin is eliminating dry skin, dirt and debris that builds on the skin. Removing these things first will make you next step much more effective.
- Now, rinse the skin and grab a handful of body scrub. Gently maneuver your hands in circular motions until you feel all of the dead skin is removed. Be sure not to rub the skin too hard because it can actually cause hyperpigmentation to become worse.
- Rinse the scrub from the skin and pat the area dry. Follow up with a moisturizer to ensure the skin is smooth before applying your makeup.
- Grab your foundation primer. If you are unfamiliar with what they do, they help your makeup stay all day and provide the perfect surface for a seamless application. Your primer can be rubbed in like a lotion, you do not need a special tool for application.
- Grab a brush or sponge to apply your body makeup. Most people prefer a sponge because it is easier to handle but advanced artist may like to use brushes. If you long to use a brush make sure the hairs are synthetic so your foundation doesn’t stick, they also need to be short and dense so they apply a full coverage.
- Let your makeup dry for about 2 minutes then apply a thin layer of setting powder to guarantee that it doesn’t transfer onto your clothing or furniture.
Another quick fix is to wear tights or stockings with your clothing so that hyperpigmentation is less visible. Lighter colors may not completely hide your concern but they can help tremendously.
Let’s get real
The only other way to get rid of dark knees and elbows overnight that I can think of is skin grafting. Skin grafting is a procedure performed by a medical professional and is a form of cosmetic surgery. The doctor will take a piece of skin from one part of your body and attach it to the knees or elbows. Not everyone is a candidate for skin grafting so be sure to consult with someone reputable.
With that said, I’d like to provide you with a few remedies that work quickly, but won’t deliver results overnight.
Do you exfoliate
Unless your hyperpigmentation was passed down by a relative, you can get rid of it. Exfoliating will help because the damaged cells are only so deep and once these layers are removed, your skin should lighten. Exfoliating can be done in two ways; manually and chemically. A manual exfoliants is just a scrub like the ones made from sugar and honey. Chemical exfoliating involves using an acid to peel away the layers of the skin.