Tip of the week: How to heal rough, dry elbows
Put a sock on it; Use showers and bananas; Try emollients
Put a sock on it. Elbows take a beating during the winter, but we have a few “weird beauty tips” that can help. Give your grandmother credit if she ever advised smearing petroleum jelly on the rough zones and covering them with an open-ended sock as you sleep: The oil does clog pores, but the technique “hasn’t failed us yet.”
Use showers and bananas. Dr. Andrew Ordon of the TV talk show The Doctors recommends applying petroleum jelly before a hot shower, because the steam helps the oil penetrate the skin. Ordon also suggests rubbing banana peels on the raw spots because nutrients in the peel aid healing.
Try emollients. Put away your usual lotion in favor of an emollient cream. If you see glycerol, stearate, lanolin, soy sterol, or sunflower seed oil on the ingredient list, the product helps impede the loss of moisture.