Knees often take the brunt of a busy day, yet we still put them on the beauty backburner.
Take a moment to think about how much strain you place on your joints. Whether it’s cleaning the floor, crawling after a toddler or gardening, we rarely consider how this impacts our knees.
Dryness and discoloration can become an issue, and with spring just around the corner, the time will soon come to show off our legs. While our pins may be perfectly preened, our knees can let us down. The skin around this area has fewer oil glands meaning parched joints can quickly show their age.
So what can we do apart from slathering on some moisturiser? One technique proving increasingly popular is a procedure originally intended to give your complexion a boost. Dubbed the ‘red carpet facial’ after attracting fans including Gwyneth Paltrow and Halle Berry, the iS Clinical Fire & Ice treatment is now targeting other problem body parts.
“We have patients that ask us to offer our iS Clinical Fire & Ice peel treatment to their knees and even elbows as this is an area that dead skin cells can build up in and is often neglected and overlooked when moisturising,” Dr Preema Vig told Cover Media. “The iS Clinical Fire & Ice treatment comprises of two masks. The first is the ‘fire’ element that is applied for three to five minutes and gently resurfaces and lifts away any dead/old skin cells. This is then removed and neutralised and a second ‘ice’ mask is applied which is rich in hydration and cools, calms and soothes the skin.”
Dr Vig says demand for knee peels peaks at certain times of the year, such as little black dress season and the summer holidays.
This procedure aims to banish brown or greyish patches and blemishes caused by dryness or excess melanin. Knees should be smoother, tighter and brighter afterwards, but may look a little red – so it’s best to avoid having the treatment on the same day as a social engagement.
There are plenty of other things you can do to keep your knees in great shape.
Take time to moisturise the area thoroughly on a regular basis to stop joints looking cracked. Look out for body washes with glycolic acid which will gently remove dead skin cells and lighten discoloration.
Regular scrubs and exfoliations will also help avoid the build-up of old cells.