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9 Simple Tips to Help Treat Dry Skin on Elbows

Find out how to tackle those stubborn dry skin patches.

Sometimes it’s the most neglected areas of the body that can be the most susceptible to dryness – the ones we often forget completely in our regular skincare routine. The elbows are a prime example, with a number of different factors making dry skin on elbows a common (and thankfully, treatable) issue.

Dry elbows are often a problem in winter when temperatures and humidity levels drop and deplete the skin of moisture, but this can happen at any time of the year. For instance, everyday behaviors like using harsh bathing products that strip skin of moisture can be one of the more avoidable culprits. Dry, flaky skin on elbows can also be caused by a variety of factors including genetics and a range of different skin conditions. Be sure to consult your doctor if you have concerns about your dry skin.

Dry elbows are often particularly uncomfortable because they’re constantly moving and bending. If you care for your elbows properly and keep them moisturized, the skin shouldn’t crack under the pressure of this constant movement. However, when your elbows are very low on moisture they lack elasticity, and so bending the arm can cause dry skin to crack as it stretches. To help avoid this, it’s a good idea to treat and soothe dry skin on elbows right away.

How to Care for Dry, Flaky Skin on Elbows

  1. Mildly Dry Elbows
    Exfoliate – Making your own exfoliating body scrub at home is simple to do and means you don’t have to buy a new product. You can try a common home remedy of a little sugar mixed into runny honey, which feels great when gently rubbed onto the elbows in circular motions. Exfoliate once a week to help remove dry and dead skin cells.

    Moisturize & Heal – The key to taking care of dry skin on the elbows is to replace the moisture that’s been lost. Don’t forget to include elbows in your daily skincare routine, and use a moisturizer that’s specifically designed to help heal dry skin from within. Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Essential Healing Lotion contains glycerin to help replenish lost moisture and micro-droplets of Vaseline® Jelly to lock in moisture to help your dry skin to heal and break the cycle of dryness.

  2. Very Dry Elbows
    Deep Conditioning – Very dry elbows can benefit from daily moisturizing, as well as intensive cosmetic treatments that provide the essential moisture your skin needs. Apply Vaseline® Jelly to the elbows before bed for a deep conditioning overnight cosmetic treatment. Occlusive moisturizers, like Vaseline® Jelly, act as a barrier on the skin and seal in moisture to help rehydrate your skin and accelerate the skin’s natural renewal process overnight. Vaseline® Jelly is a skin protectant – it locks in moisture, but still let’s the skin breathe.

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