Dry Elbows: 5 tips for taking care of this part of the body

 

Cold, wind, dry air, hot water and clothes rubbing all contribute to the skin on your elbows becoming dehydrated, but there are some simple steps you can take every day to help.

The skin o your elbows is wrinkled and full of small folds that protect the joints and allow a large range of movement. This area has fewer sebaceous glands. These glands produce sebum, an oily substance that lubricates the skin. This area is also exposed to a lot of friction, another factor in dehydration. With a few simple steps and by using the right products, you can still keep this area of your skin hydrated and protected.

1. Exfoliation

Gentle exfoliation removes dead cells and restores the skin's radiant appearance. Don't rub too hard, and exfoliate twice a week at most.

2. Tailored hydration

After exfoliating, apply a specific moisturiser to the driest areas to moisturise the skin and provide it with the nourishment it needs to regenerate.

3. Drink plenty of water

Hydration starts from the inside: water plays an essential role in cell regeneration and helps prevent skin drying out from dehydration.

4. Watch your diet

Foods rich in omega-3 help protect the skin from aggressive environmental factors and strengthen the natural skin barrier made up of fatty substances. Speak to a nutritionist about including fish such as salmon and sardines, or nuts in your diet.

5. Keep hot baths and showers to a minimum

High temperatures dry out the epidermis. So to preserve the natural fatty substances that protect your skin, it's best to wash with warm water. Also try to limit your shower time to a maximum of five minutes, it's a good habit to get into for your skin but also to conserve the planet's supply of water.

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