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10 Ways To Deal With Dry Elbow Skin

Woman applying cream to dry elbow skin

Published: August 15, 2022

Woman moisturizing elbow

Are you struggling with dull and dry elbow skin? Most of us dedicate extensive skincare routines to our face and neck. However, we may neglect our elbows.

Have you ever noticed someone with dry elbow skin? If so, you will know that cracked or peeling elbow skin can look unsightly and mar an otherwise flawless look. Having dull or darkened elbow skin can also stand out if you wear sleeveless or bare-back dresses.

Want to know how to get rid of the appearance of dry elbow skin? Stick with Bionyx – we’re about to explain!

What are the Causes of Dry Elbow Skin?

Dry elbow skin

There are many potential reasons you may develop dry elbow skin. Our elbow skin is typically dryer as it contains fewer oil glands. This means that there is less sebum and the area can become very parched unless cared for properly. Some people may also have sensitive skin or allergies, which are aggravated by environmental stressors.

What’s more, we tend to stretch and rub against our elbow skin daily. This can make our elbow skin even more susceptible to irritation and dryness.

Here are some easy methods for dealing with dry elbow skin:

Moisturize Your Dry Elbows

Bionyx hand and body cream

The best thing you can do for dry elbow skin is to moisturize it. And the Bionyx Hand & Body Cream is the perfect way to do so. Gently massage the cream onto your elbows after showering in the morning and evening. You can also use this product for your hands and body!

Alternatively, give the BioLift Platinum Deep Wrinkle Concentrate a try. This paraben-free day cream is infused with colloidal platinum and helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, which will help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your elbows. This is great news for someone who is looking to get rid of the look of deeply entrenched wrinkles on their elbow skin due to extreme dryness.

Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and keep your elbows feeling comfortably moisturized with these cult favourites. 

Exfoliate Your Elbow Skin

Bionyx Salt Scrub

When it comes to your skin cells, the adage “out with the old, and in with the new” works best. Get rid of built-up dirt and dead skin cells with a gentle exfoliator like the Bionyx Salt Scrub.

Avoid harsh scrubs as they may damage your skin barrier and result in dryness over time. Look for exfoliators that are suitable for sensitive skin, such as our Salt Scrub. Exfoliate your dry elbow skin once or twice a week for optimal results.

If you have sensitive skin, you may start by exfoliating once a week and slowly increase the frequency and amount of product used. Over-exfoliation can do more harm than good, especially if you have dry skin. As such, selecting the right exfoliating product and routine is highly important!

Cleanse Your Skin

Bionyx Milk Cleanser

Are you afraid of over-exfoliation? A gentler alternative is to cleanse your dry elbow skin using facial cleansers. Get rid of excess dirt and build-up of dead skin cells by massaging your elbows with water and a cleanser.

Try the Rhodium Mousse Cleanser, which will give you soft and smooth elbow skin. This best seller is favored for its luxurious combination of vitamin C, vitamin E, jojoba, and musk oils.

Use the cleanser sparingly on your elbow skin to pamper it with these deeply moisturizing super ingredients! 

Tone Those Dry Patches

Bionyx Facial Toner

Toners refresh the feel of your skin and even out the appearance of your skin tone without stripping it of its natural oils and moisture. These benefits can apply to elbow skin as well.

The Bionyx Rhodium Facial Toner helps to balance the feel of the skin while cooling and soothing your complexion. This hydrating toner combines powerful ingredients, such as vitamin B3 and sodium hyaluronate, which are well-known for their moisturizing properties.

Vitamin B3 helps to keep skin and hair glowing. Also known as niacinamide, this vitamin is scientifically proven to hydrate skin, promote the feeling of skin elasticity, and act as an antioxidant. Vitamin B3 can even reduce the look of skin irritation and redness. Many adore this ingredient for its multiple benefits.

Applying vitamin B3 products, such as this facial toner, is likely to help your dry elbow skin feel softer and plumper. 

Sodium hyaluronate can also attract and bind moisture. Apply this facial toner or any other sodium hyaluronate product topically and massage gently into your dry elbow skin for maximum absorption. 

Drink Up

Glass of water

Hydration also works from the inside out. Try to drink more water and avoid dehydrating substances, such as alcohol and tobacco. If you lead an active lifestyle, quench your thirst with electrolyte water. These liquids replenish body salts and help you to stay hydrated overall.

On average, you should drink about 2.7 litres (for women) to 3.7 litres of water (for men) per day to stay hydrated. 

Staying hydrated is good for your skin in general. Get a glowing complexion and improve moisture retention by drinking loads of water!

Use a Humidifier

Hand touching steam from humidifier

Another way to stay hydrated is to increase environmental humidity. Use a humidifier to reduce excessive moisture loss from your skin. You can even opt for a 2-in-1 purifier and humidifier for maximum skincare benefits.

Humidifiers are especially ideal if you work or stay in an air-conditioned room for extended periods.

Modify Your Shower Habits

Woman in shower

Did you know that showering for too long can cause dry, wrinkly skin? You have probably seen your fingers crease into raisins after being soaked in water for extended periods. Keep your showers short to prevent wrinkly skin and elbows!

Experts also recommend showering in lukewarm water. Hot water can damage keratin cells, which are responsible for sealing moisture in your skin. This leads to dry skin on your elbows and other parts of your body. The optimal temperature is lukewarm or cool water!

Check the Ingredients in Your Body Soap

Woman in bath

If you are sensitive to essential oils or fragrances, you may want to avoid scented body soaps. Some soaps can trigger allergic reactions or irritate your skin.

There are also several ingredients that should be avoided in general, including sulfates and parabens. Soap and body care products that contain sulfates can cause allergic reactions and skin irritation. Prolonged exposure to soaps with sulfates can lead to skin inflammation, which damages the skin and makes it more susceptible to chronic dryness.

Parabens also cause cellular level damage and harm skin barriers. Sometimes, soaps may contain ingredients that you are allergic to as well.

When in doubt, test new body soaps on a small patch of skin before using them.

Protect Your Skin From Irritants and Unnecessary Friction

Soft fabric

Our elbows are an important part of our daily activities. Since our elbow skin sits at the joints, it often comes into contact with different surfaces throughout the day. Leaning your elbows on tables and chairs for support may cause unnecessary friction which can aggravate dry skin. This may pose an issue if you already have irritated or dry elbow skin.

If you have sensitive skin or skin conditions such as eczema, you may also notice that certain fabrics and detergents irritate your skin. Be observant about the items that trigger your skin. Ideally, avoid harsh chemical detergents and rougher fabric materials that rub against your dry elbow skin.

You can also place cushion pads on your armchairs and tables to make them more comfortable!

Wear Sunscreen

Woman applying SPF to dry elbow skin

Sunscreen is perhaps one of the most important items in any girl’s skincare routine. Many people apply sunscreen only on their face and neck, neglecting body parts such as the arms and elbows unless they expect a full day outdoors.

If you live in a tropical climate or are often exposed to the sun, you ought to apply sunscreen to your arms and elbows. Cover those areas to prevent the look of accelerated aging and skin damage.

By protecting your skin barrier, you are retaining your skin’s ability to hold moisture. This will help your skin look healthy in the long term!


Adding body care into your skincare routine can benefit your dry elbow skin in the long run. If you are planning to treat yourself to a few of the above-mentioned items to moisturize your skin, check out Bionyx’s Body Care Set. These top favorites will leave your elbows looking refreshed and hydrated.

For more skincare favorites, check out more of Bionyx’s bestsellers here.

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