How to Get Soft Knees Overnight

Use lotion daily to keep your knees from drying out.
Use lotion daily to keep your knees from drying out. (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Knees are one area where skin sees a lot of movement and wear, so it’s no wonder knees can get dryer than other parts of your body. Dark, dry, flaky knees can make you insecure about showing off your legs. Get soft knees in your sleep with some extra care and an easy overnight treatment.

Things You'll Need

  • Exfoliating scrub
  • Sesame oil
  • Shea butter lotion
  • Long tube socks

Shower before bed. After washing your body, apply an exfoliating scrub to your kneecaps in circular strokes, rubbing for a minute to slough away the dead skin that accumulates. Rinse with warm water.

Pat knees dry and apply sesame seed oil, rubbing it in thoroughly. Five or so drops will work, but if your knees are extremely dry, add a few more. Rub it in and then let skin dry for 10 minutes.

Rub in the shea butter-based lotion to kneecaps. Wear shorts or an outfit that allows your legs to be uncovered for the nighttime treatment.

Take two long tube socks and cut off the foot area of each. Before getting into bed, apply a thick layer of shea butter lotion to the knees, but don't rub it all in. Make sure knees get a good layer of lotion.

Slide your cutoff tube socks over your legs and atop knees. This will keep the lotion from making a mess of your bed, and will help knees absorb as much lotion as possible while you sleep. Remove in the morning, rinse knees off and then rub in a bit more lotion to reveal supple, soft knees.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep knees soft by washing them daily and exfoliating them two to three times a week. Apply lotion after you wash and do this overnight treatment once a week. You can also apply this treatment to elbows if that is another problem area for your skin.
  • Exfoliating scrubs are available at most drugstores, but you can also make one at home with items from the kitchen. Olive or almond oil mixed with brown sugar or oatmeal in equal parts gently exfoliate and add moisture.

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