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Elbows, Knees, Heels: How To Moisturize These Often Very Dry Areas?

We rarely think of taking care of our knees, elbows and heels. However, these sensitive areas, lacking sebaceous glands, dry out quickly and are likely to become rougher. Find out how to fight this localized dryness.

Published January 23, 2023, by Stéphanie, Doctorate in Life and Health Sciences, — 4 min read

Why Can Skin in These Areas Become Dry?

Rubbing of clothes all day long, unusual and unprotected exposure to the sun, lack of care, cold, accumulation of dead cells... all these micro-traumas cause the skin in these areas (elbow, knee and heel) to eventually dry out, become damaged and rough. Moreover, these areas of the body do not have sebaceous glands and therefore no hydrolipidic film, which usually protects the skin against external aggressions and prevents dehydration. As a result, the skin becomes more fragile, thickens to protect itself, loses suppleness and elasticity and dries out at a rapid rate.

How Do You Care for These High-Risk Areas of Dryness?

  • Compared to other parts of the body, the skin on the elbow, knee or heel feels thicker and rougher. To prevent this from happening, use a gentle exfoliating scrub on a regular basis, at least once a week. This will remove any dead skin cells that have accumulated. Indeed, when the skin feels attacked, it tends to thicken to protect itself. To do this, choose our nourishing scrub gel and apply it by massaging your elbows, knees and heels in circular motions for a few seconds on clean, dry skin. But don't rub too hard or excessively, as this can thicken the skin further. In addition to gently exfoliating the skin, this care allows to nourish it thanks to the presence of sweet almond oil, while bringing flexibility to it;

  • Of course, exfoliation is not enough. These localized areas need to be moisturized every day, especially in winter when the skin is more sensitive. In addition, elbows, knees and heels are areas of movement and therefore need elasticity and flexibility. Therefore, remember to apply a generous amount of body moisturizer to the skin of your elbows, knees and feet, ideally twice a day: in the morning after showering and in the evening before going to bed. This cream provides a protective barrier against external aggressions. You can also use a plant oil to protect these areas from drying out;

  • When the sun comes out, remember to apply sun protection every time you are exposed to the sun. Indeed, these areas of the body are not used to being exposed to the sun and the application of a sun cream will avoid any risk of dryness and of ending up with crumpled knees, elbows or heels due to the harmful effects that UV rays can have on the skin (premature aging).

  • To take better care of these localized areas, use the nourishing body serum to strengthen the hydrolipidic film and fight against skin dryness. This treatment is enriched with bisabolol, known for soothing and repairing dry skin, and sweet almond oil for its nourishing, antioxidant and softening properties.

  • Avoid certain conditions as much as possible, such as kneeling, leaning on your elbows or wearing shoes that are too tight. Indeed, these different situations favor the thickening of the corneal layer. As a result, the skin loses its suppleness and becomes rougher on our knees, elbows and heels. These sensitive areas, which lack sebaceous glands, dry out quickly and are likely to become rougher. Find out how to remedy this localized dryness.

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