In the perfect world, you are the kind of woman that gets featured on magazine covers.
Your hair is always nicely done. There are no bags to be found under your eyes.
Your face is free from all blemishes and dark acne spots, and best of all, the need to cover your dark knees does not dictate your outfit choices.
Unfortunately, however, we do not live in a perfect world. So instead, your reality probably looks a little more like this:
- You’re constantly using concealer to hide the hideous bags under your eyes.
- You depend on foundation to cover the evergrowing dark acne spots on your face
- You shy away from wearing clothes that show lots of legs because you are ashamed of your dark knees.
While you’ve probably tried a ton of remedies in the past to improve each of these things, nothing ever seems to work.
So, how about we try a different approach. Instead of just trying to find a solution, let’s take some time to understand the problem, starting with reality number 3.
What Causes Dark Knees?
The truth is there are many reasons people have dark knees. The most common of these reasons are as a result of actions we do daily, like:
1) Venturing into the sun without using Sunscreen
While the sun is an excellent source of Vitamin D, too much exposure can leave your skin with more than just a sunburn to nurse.
2) Engaging in excessive Friction causing activities
You know those really cute tight jeans you love to wear that are always rubbing on your knees? Or those Yoga poses you like to do that require hours of kneeling? Bingo!
3) Taking certain Medications
Based on the ingredients of some medications, by taking them you unknowingly make yourself more prone to suffering from skin discoloration/hyperpigmentation.
So now, that you’re aware of what causes the problem, I bet you’d be interested in learning how to treat it.
If you are, keep reading.
How to get rid of Dark Knees?
One of the most important things to consider when finding products to incorporate into your skincare routine is whether that product is right for your skin type.
If you wouldn’t purchase a foundation without first finding out if it will work well with your oily skin, then you shouldn’t purchase a product for your dark knees that isn’t for persons of medium to dark skin tones.
That said, here are a few ingredients to look out for when purchasing products to lighten dark knees on medium to dark skin tones:
1) Kojic Acid
Naturally lightens the skin and fades dark knees, giving a beautiful and even skin tone.
2) Alpha Arbutin
Goes deep into your skin, naturally slowing down the production of melanin without harming any cells.
3) Aloe Vera
More popularly known as the miracle plant. Works to soothe and fade any hyperpigmentation left by skin irritation.
4) Lactic Acid
Scientifically proven to treat hyperpigmentation all while exfoliating skin and removing dead skin cells.
Now, I know how easy it is to read this info, then run into your nearest skincare store and purchase the first product you find that lists any of these as an ingredient.
So, a little disclaimer, not every product that lists these ingredients will actually work for you.
No need to worry, however, I’ve got just the perfect skincare routine/ product combo that has worked for me which I guarantee will also for you.
What I would recommend:
So, after spending months experimenting with different routines trying home remedies versus store-bought products to cure my very unattractive dark knees, I finally hit the jackpot with the following routine:
1. Before bed at night, I apply warm water to my knees then gently massage them using a little body scrub. Allow me to fangirl about the body scrub I use for a minute.
What I love most about this scrub is that it has Arbutin as an active ingredient which we know helps to slow down the production of melanin. So even when I’m doing the things which I shouldn’t like wearing those skin-tight jeans which irritate my knees I don’t have to worry about excess melanin threatening to darken them.
Now back to regular programming.
2. After rinsing my body scrub off, I follow this up by washing the area with my Kojic Soap which I don’t usually leave on for more than 30 seconds max.
As you might have guessed, this soap contains Kojic Acid, which as I said before works to lighten and even your skin tone. I’m sure you can see why I live by it.
3. To finish off my nighttime routine, I squeeze a dash of Toning Lotion into my palms then use this to rub my knees until the product has been evenly distributed.
Interesting thing to note about this product is that it contains a high concentration of Lactic Acid which does all these amazing things like exfoliating your skin whilst still treating your dark knees. Definitely a win-win situation if you ask me.
If after my recommendations you decide to purchase any of these products my advice would be that for best usage, you purchase and use them all together simultaneously.
For a hassle-free purchase you can buy the kit which includes all 3 here.
How soon can you expect to see results?
Now for the question that has probably been on your mind since I hinted at what product works for me.
Truth is, some people depending on how bad the discoloration of their knees is will take a lot longer to start seeing results.
For example, if you’re like me with discoloration ranked as a 6 on a scale of 1-10, after consistent daily use you may be able to see results in as quickly as 8 weeks.
If your discoloration happens to be worse however, it can take up to 12 weeks before you start seeing results.
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