With few oil glands and very little natural lubrication to keep it smooth and supple, the skin on the knees becomes dry and brown quickly -- especially when exposed to sunlight, dry weather, or constant friction caused by bending, kneeling or leaning. A daily treatment with a pumice stone removes dead, dull, grimy-looking skin and restores soft, smooth knees, suitable for showing off any time of year. Be patient, because dry, callused knees may require several treatments.
Soften your skin by taking a warm, 5- to 10-minute bath or shower. Wash your knees with a mild, moisturizing cleanser.
Moisten the pumice stone in the warm water. Don't use a dry pumice stone because the excess friction may damage your skin.
Rub the pumice stone over your knees for two to three minutes on each knee, using small, circular motions and light to moderate pressure.
Rinse your knees with warm water. Dry them with a soft, absorbent towel.
Massage a few drops of olive, coconut or sweet almond oil into your knees to protect and moisturized the newly exposed skin. You can use a thick moisturizing cream or lotion. Reapply the oil or moisturizer throughout the day if your skin is dry.
Rinse the pumice stone in clean water. To prevent growth of bacteria, allow the stone to air dry before the next use.
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- Wait for your skin to heal before using a pumice stone if your knees have open sores or cuts, or if your skin is sunburned or inflamed.
- Avoid harsh rubbing, which may cause bleeding and infection. Don't expect to repair dry, dark knees in one attempt. The goal is to remove a thin layer of skin at a time.
M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.