How To Get Rid of Underarms, knees , Elbow and Dark Lips

Dark anything can be embarrassing. We’re not saying for a second that dusky isn’t sexy. But two-toned skin is never a good look. Even-toned arms with knobbly muddy elbows that refuse to lighten no matter what you do. Ditto dark underarms and knees. But before we tackle these shadowy bits, lets understand what causes them to darken in the first place. Perennially dry skin is the biggest culprit, combined with friction. Elbows and knees often rub against clothes and furniture.

If you shudder at the thought of smelly, hairy armpits as do wechances are you’re more razor-happy and free with the deodorant than you should be. Underarm skin is sensitive and more prone to infection and shaving irritation. So, what’s a girl to do if the thought of having to raise a sleeveless arm sounds hellish?

Do you steer clear of sleeveless clothes to hide your dark underarms? You don’t need to worry any more as there are many home remedies to lighten underarms. But you should also take a few precautions for a hygienic lifestyle. Do not rely on excessive usage of hair removing creams or deodorants that contain alcohol. Cover your skin before you step out as exposure to ultra-violet rays are harmful for your skin.

Apples

Scrub mashed apple to your armpits to get rid of dark spots and odour. The fruit contains AHA, capable of killing bacteria and germs that cause the darkening of underarms.

Sandalwood

Mix 2 tsp of rosewater with 2 tsp of sandalwood powder. Apply the mixture to your underarms and leave it for 5 minutes. Wash with water; do it daily.

Saffron

Add a pinch of saffron to about 2 tsp of mild lotion. Apply the mixture to your underarms and leave for 15-20 minutes. Repeat daily.

Honey

Mix equal amounts of lemon juice and honey. Apply to your underarms and leave for 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Repeat daily.

Cucumber

Take cucumber slices and rub on the affected areas.

Coconut oil

Take a few drops and massage on to your underarms for 15 minutes. Wash later.

Orange peel

Dry some peels for about three to four days. Take 2 tsp of powder made from peels and mix some rose water to it. Apply the paste on your underarms. Leave for 10 minutes before washing off.

Potatoes

Potatoes are rich invitamin A, C, and B and can bleach the underarm skin naturally and gently. Applying cold potato juice or slices on the armpits will soothe the skin while making the discolouration disappear with time. You can also take equal parts of lemon and potato juice and apply on the underarms for better results.

Lemon

The vitamin C present in the lemon juice will lighten the dark armpits while the acidic properties will exfoliate revealing cleaner skin underneath. Rub a cut lemon on your pits or apply the juice using cotton balls.

Cucumber

There are several ways to use cucumber to help lighten your underarms. Shred one cucumber and apply it on your armpits or simply apply cucumber juice to avoid the mess. Alternatively, you can also put cucumber slices on the dark skin and remove after 20 mins.

Baking soda

Lack of exfoliation leads to the accumulation of dead skin cells in the underarm area. This can be the cause of mild to severe discolouration. Mix baking soda with water to form a paste and use it to scrub the armpits. Not only it will unclog the pores but also deodorise.

Gramflour and curd

Gramflour or besan is an excellent scrub that will clear the skin of dead cells along with making the skin tone even. Lactic acids from the curd will soften and condition the skin. Make a paste of gramflour and curd and apply in a thin layer as mask on your armpits. Leave until it dries and wash with lukewarm water.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains mild acids that help to remove dead cells, and is also a great disinfectant. Start with mixing two tablespoons each of this vinegar with baking soda. Apply this mixture for about ten minutes or till the time it is dry. Rinse it with cold water, and repeat it thrice a week to see results.

Home remedies for dark lips

Here are natural ways that will help you get rid of dark lips:

Lemon juice

Lemon has been an effective way to lighten skin and treat dark spots. Enriched with high amounts of vitamin C, lemon is known for its amazing bleaching properties. Applying lemon juice directly on your lips will help naturally lighten your dark lips.

Honey

Honey is known to be a great moisturiser. Use a layer of natural honey to nourish, soften, and soothe the delicate skin on your lips. Regular use of honey will reduce the dark pigmentation of your lips, and give you healthy and naturally pink lips.

Milk and rose petals

Milk and rose petals have been used to get rosy lips since ancient times. To make use of this time-tested remedy, take some raw milk in a bowl and add a generous quantity of fresh pink rose petals. Make a fine paste and apply this on your lips every day. You’ll see a rosy tint on your lips soon.

Sugar scrub

A layer of old skin might be one of the reasons for dark lips. Exfoliating your lips will help get rid of dead cells, revealing smooth and pink lips. Try a simple sugar scrub. Mix a tsp to sugar with a tsp of honey and use this to gently scrub and moisturise your lips. Wash off later.

Home remedies for dark knees and elbows

Here are a few natural remedies that will help one lighten the skin tone on elbows and knees.

Lemon

has natural bleaching properties which can help even skin tone. Apply the juice of a lemon on these areas, massage gently and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Repeat this for a couple of weeks and see the difference.

Curd

is known to be a good moisturiser. But not many know that sour curd can also help lighten one’s skin tone. Add a teaspoon of vinegar and gram flour to sour curd, and apply the mix on the affected area. Rinse after 15 minutes with warm water. Mix baking soda with milk to get a thick paste. Apply the paste on your elbows and knees and rinse after five minutes. Do this once a week for two months.

Aloe vera

helps make the skin supple. Break open a flesh aloe vera leaf, and apply the pulp on rough skin. Leave on for about 20 minutes and rinse with cold water. Top up with a aloe moisturiser. To soften rough skin, massage affected areas with coconut oil and then go for a warm shower. Do not apply soap. Just rinse and pat dry. You can squeeze in a few drops of lemon juice in the water too.

Kitchen ingredients that make your scar disappear

These work well in lightening scars as well.

Potatoes

Grate a potato, squeeze out the juice and apply on the affected area and leave for 30 minutes. Do this every day for a month and you will notice an appreciable difference.

Turmeric

Make a thick paste of turmeric with a little milk or malai and add about a teaspoon of besan. Apply it like a mask over the dark areas and let it dry. Wash it off with a little warm water while massaging your face gently. Repeat daily.

Horseradish

Horseradish is a more pungent form of mooli, called sahjan in Hindi. Grate some finely, mix with some sour curd another lightening agent and apply to your face and leave for 30 minutes. Repeat this every day.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is a strong bleaching agent but it should not be used by those with sensitive skin. Rub the undiluted juice of a lemon on your face with the tips of your fingers, leave on for 15 minutes and wash off.

Home remedies to treat dark spots on legs

Here’s how you can get spotless legs using common ingredients.

Lemon

Squeeze fresh lemon in a container, dip a cotton ball or earbud into it and apply on the affected areas. Do this twice everyday, thrice a week.

Apple cider vinegar

Apply apple cider vinegar with a cotton pad on dark spots and leave it on for 30 minutes. Wash it off after that. For better results, add a few drop of lemon juice to apple cider vinegar. Do this everyday for a few weeks.

Horseradish

Grate one horseradish with 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and store it in a jar. Leave the jar aside for two weeks, shaking the mixture occasionally. After two weeks, strain the mixture and store it in a refrigerator and apply the paste everyday on dark spots.

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