How to Whiten Dark Underarms, Elbows and Knees
Unknown to many, there is actually a way to lighten common problem areas of the body such as the underarm, elbows and even clumsy, hideous scars without having to undergo any dermatological treatments. The simple, very inexpensive solution to this problem can be found in your own homes actually.
The extract of the calamansi fruit or the Philippine lime (Citrofortunella microcarpa) makes a refreshing juice that can quench anyone’s thirst, and when mixed with hot water is an excellent drink for people with fever. Aside from these known and regular uses, the fruit also has whitening effect. In fact, it can also remove stains when the extract is applied to shirt dirts. The stain removing capacity of the fruit may make it seem like the juice might be a bit harsh to the skin but it is actually not. It doesn’t sting on the skin!
Slice 1 or two pieces in half and rub it on your underarms, elbows and knees either with seeds intact or removed, whichever you prefer. Do this every after taking a bath in the morning. Pat dry the body parts, rub the halved fruit putting some, but not too much, pressure on, and leave it for at least 10 minutes before washing it if you are going out for school or office. At night, do the same but leave it overnight and do the morning routine the following day.
This simple treatment can still be done even if you are already using your favorite whitening soap. It is all natural so it won't be a problem should you wish to continue your existing whitening routine. Just be sure to apply the calamansi treatment last, that is, after washing off the soap suds on your skin and wiping it dry.
Just a small piece of advice though, and this is with regard to buying calamansi. Calamansi is a fruit and therefore perishable. Meaning, it will eventually rot after a period of time. As soon as you decide to start doing the above regimen, be sure to also pay attention to the amount or number of Calamansi fruits you buy versus the frequency and the coverage of your whitening regimen. By frequency i mean whether you are doing it once or more than once a day, and by coverage i mean whether your target area is only the underarms, the elbows only, the knees only, just a combination of two or all three. This is because frequency and coverage will determine the quantity of calamansi fruits you use up in a certain period of time, and it is hardly possible, if not impossible, or grueling to buy calamansi every day for this purpose, which means that when you buy the fruit, what's readily available is in packs of say 1 kilo or a fraction. I have to point this out because I myself hates wastage. In my place, I have two sources: the grocery section of malls and the public market. In my experience, when it comes to freshness, the public market always offers the freshest fruits all the time. But, the catch is, either the public market is relatively less accessible than supermarkets, or it is just too inconveniently dirty to go to. So please do buy at grocery stores as you wish, just be a bit picky on choosing the better packs of Calamansi. Because, usually, if you notice, packs are mixed with fresh and not so fresh fruits. Only one rotten Calamansi will cause the rotting of the others. Avoid having to throw away fruits for nothing. And always remember to use fresh, succulent fruits for whitening!