How to deal with extra dry elbows, heels and knees
Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 03:33PM
Jafeth Rodriguez

Elbows, heels and knees are often the driest areas of the body, regardless of the time of the year.    They become severely dry, flaky and even crack, leading to discomfort and self-consciousness when you wear something above the knee, sandals or a short-sleeved shirt.

Check out the following tips to address the extra dry spots:

Exfoliate

One of the best ways to smooth dry skin is to use a gentle scrub on the areas that need special attention. Try a sugar based scrub to avoid irritation.  Rub the sugar scrub gently in a circular motion over the knees and elbows for one to two minutes, and then rinse with water. After the water has softened up the heels, rub them down with a pumice stone or a rough towel to rub away the dry skin. Some people recommend soaking the feet in warm water before exfoliating to make the process easier and more effective.

Not too hot and not too long in the bath

If the water is too hot, it strips the skin from its natural oils causing it to get even dryer and sensitive.   Take a lukewarm shower and try to limit bathing time to no more than 10-15 minutes to prevent the skin from drying out.

Moisurise deeply

Moisturising is another important skin care treatment for dry heels, knees and elbows. During the bath, you can try adding a moisturising oil.  After the bath, apply a moisturising lotion.  Wear a moisturiser before going to bed to get it working during the night.  Balms or creams are rich and thick so they soak into the skin and hydrate from deep within the skin's layers. We recommend the Instituto Español Elbows, Knees, Heels Repair Tube  twice a day.

Dry skin is never fun to deal with.  Try to be proactive and moisturise regularly to be able to do away with cracked, dry skin.



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