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Following the earlier article about appropriate oils for the pubic area, I received an email asking about other neglected body parts too. Coincidentally, I’ve been testing out a mix on my elbow and knees for some time and was going to write about it later on.
We all take baths/showers everyday but there is a tendency for the areas around the elbow and knees to be either and/or dark, rough, scaly, patchy and dry. The area under your feet as well although if you have regular manicures and pedicures, this shouldn’t be an issue.
These problem areas are brought about by the build up of dead skin cells over time due to constant movement of the areas i.e. leaning on the elbows, kneeling on the knees, walking, etc. There’s not much you can do about that. However, you can engage a variety of things to make sure the dead skin cells don’t build up over time.
Get ready to check in to your own spa at home and start paying special attention to those areas. It may look like a lot of work but once the initial preparation is done, it doesn’t take that long and the results are worth it.
Step 1 – Remove the Dead Skin Cells with an Exfoliating Scrub
You can purchase an exfoliating scrub at any store but I like to DIY as much as I can so I use this exfoliating scrub I made myself. You will need brown sugar, oatmeal or sea salt (I use brown sugar), almond oil, olive oil & vitamin E oil and airtight mason jar.
DIY Exfoliating Scrub Recipe
- Pour a ½ cup of brown sugar into a bowl then add ¼ cup each of almond oil and olive oil. Mix thoroughly.
- Add 5 drops of vitamin E oil and mix again.
- Pour into the mason jar and store in a cool, dry, place.
Apply to your elbow, knee and feet areas during a shower. Massage gently for a few minutes then rinse off. For the feet, you can also use a pumice stone to assist the exfoliation process. Do not use the stone on your elbow and knees.
Step 2 – Moisture, Moisture, Moisture
After you start using the exfoliating scrub, you want to focus on moisturizing the area afterward for up to 4 weeks before moving onto the butter recommended in step 3. I use oils exclusively for this after a shower. You will need hemp seed oil, almond oil, sea buckthorn oil and an amber coloured dropper bottle.
DIY Body Moisturising Oil
- Mix equal parts of each oil until the bottle is full. Shake well.
- If you would like a pleasant smell, you can add a few drops of vanilla oil as well.
- Apply to the problem areas after every shower for up to 4 weeks.
Step 3 – Maintain the Areas
It took me some trial and error to settle on this gorgeous butter developed specifically for my elbow, knee and feet area. I use it twice a day and now have soft and supple skin in those areas even as I continue to use them for the everyday stuff.
You will need some shea butter, mango butter or cocoa butter (I use shea butter and cocoa butter), almond oil, grapeseed oil, tamanu oil, watermelon oil, avocado oil, vitamin E oil, tea tree and ylang-ylang essential oil and an empty amber jar.
DIY Moisturising Body Butter
- Soften at least two of the kinds of butter (up to 4 oz) in a container then whip them together.
- Add 1 tablespoon of almond oil, grapeseed oil, and avocado oil. Whip again.
- Add 2 teaspoons of tamanu oil, watermelon oil & vitamin E oil. Whip some more.
- Add 5 drops of tea tree essential oil & ylang-ylang essential oil. Whip for up to 5 minutes or until it’s soft, creamy and well blended.
- Pour into the amber jar and keep sealed.
If you try all of above over a period of 6 – 8 weeks and the problems still persist, it could be due to something else and you should consider seeing a dermatologist just in case.