Double chins are usually caused by the formation of subcutaneous fat deposits underneath the lower jaw and around the neck. The formation of this fatty tissue causes the skin and tissue in this area to start sagging down, forming the characteristic appearance of having a double chin.
Anyone can develop a double chin, especially if they have the bone structure and fat disposition in their chin area that will support it. Double chins are more common in people who are overweight, obese or are of old age.
The appearance of a double chin becomes more visible when a person moves their lower jaw downward. It can also be seen if the person’s head is tilted down. While double chins form naturally, some people might be more susceptible to gaining a double chin from their genetics. It’s possible, however, to avoid or rid yourself of a double chin with these home remedies.
Have all your digital selfie photos sprouted second chins lately? Thankfully, neck and chin toning can be achieved without surgery — all it takes is adding a few targeted exercises to your workout. Over time, skin loses collagen and elasticity, causing it to sag around the neck and chin, a process that begins around age 20, according to Dr. Suzan Obagi, associate professor of dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Factors like sun exposure, smoking and poor diet can intensify the process. Two main muscles — the sternocleidomastoid and platysma — make up your neck, and toning them can help pull the overlaying skin tighter for a younger, healthier look. Too achieve results, try the exercises on the next slides from personal trainer Mike Donavanik that are designed to help return your neck to its former glory.
Home remedies for getting rid of it
Most home remedies for getting rid of a double chin are completely free and safe to perform. As long as you continue using them, you can achieve a result that will mostly subside the appearance of a double chin.
Chewing sugar free
Chewing gum actually help keep the muscles of the face and neck toned. Keeping these muscles toned helps remove the appearance of a double chin. Chew gum that is sugar free on a semi-daily basis to avoid your facial and neck muscles from accumulating too much fat.
Wheat germ oil and egg white
Wheat germ oil massage helps nourish and tighten the skin underneath the chin, leading to tighter skin underneath the chin and on the neck. Take about 10 to 15 minutes to massage wheat germ oil into your skin, starting from the base of the neck and up to the chin.
Egg white facial masks also help revitalize the skin by reducing the onset of water retention in the area. Apply an egg white facial mask containing egg white, peppermint oil, lemon juice and honey to your chin and neck. Allow the mask to dry and rinse off.
Egg whites not only reduce double chin but tighten the skin as well. Make a homemade face pack of egg white, epsom salt and vinegar. Apply this paste using a cotton pad on your chin to see some amazing results.
Vitamin E and cocoa butter
Vitamin E is a key skin care ingredient, since it helps tighten the skin. Introducing foods that contain vitamin E to your diet will do ‘wonders’ in helping improve the health of your skin. Foods like brown rice, apples, legumes, soybeans and various dairy products all contain vitamin E.
Cocoa butter massages help increase blood circulation in the chin area, keeping the skin there healthy. It also helps keep the skin tight. Apply warm cocoa butter to the chin area by massaging it in for at least 10 minutes.
Milk Cream Massage
Moisturize your face with milk cream and massage for a couple of minutes. It will add more elasticity to your skin and tone the chin area.
- Besides, you can also apply honey and milk mask. Clean it with lukewarm water after 10 minutes.
Combine one tbsp of glycerin, few drops of peppermint oil and half tbsp of epsom salt.
Apply the pack on your chin and neck area to get rid of a twin chin. After a couple of minutes, rinse your face with cool water. Do this 4-5 times a week.
9. Olive Oil
Massage with warm olive oil for about 20 minutes a day in the morning to keep saggy double chin away.
Best Exercises to Reduce a Double Chin
EXERCISE 1: Tongue Press
This exercise mostly involves the tongue and mouth. You may try it before bedtime.
How To Do:
1.Sitting with your back straight and shoulders down, tilt your head back so that you are looking at the ceiling.
2.Forcefully press your tongue flat to the roof of your mouth.
3.Then, keeping your tongue against the roof of your mouth, lower your chin to your chest as far as possible without rounding your upper back.
4. You should feel your chin and the front of your neck contract.
5.Then relax your tongue and straighten your neck to return to the starting position.
6.That’s one rep. Complete two sets of 20 reps each.
EXERCISE 2: Pout and Tilt
From a sitting or standing position, stick out your lower lip as far as you can to form a pout. (Place a finger on your chin; the skin should feel wrinkly and puckered.) Hold this contraction for one second. Then, with your lip still out, contract the muscles at the front of your neck to lower your chin to your chest as far as possible without rounding your upper back. Pause and hold for another second, then relax your lips and straighten your neck to return to the starting position. That’s one rep. Complete two sets of 20 reps each.
EXERCISE 3: The O or Circle of Life
Sitting with your back straight and shoulders down, tilt your head back so that you are looking at the ceiling. Close your lips so they are together but relaxed. Keeping your lips closed, open your mouth so it forms an “O” shape. Hold this position for 20 seconds. You should feel a contraction on both sides of your neck directly under your jaw line. Relax your mouth and lower. That’s one rep. Complete two sets of 10 reps each.
EXERCISE 4: Kiss the Ceiling
1.Standing tall with your arms hanging at your sides, tilt your head back so that you are looking at the ceiling.
2.Then try to kiss the ceiling by puckering your lips and extending them as far away from your face as possible.
3.You should feel a tightening throughout your neck and chin.
4.Hold for five seconds, then relax your lips and lower your chin to return to the starting position.
5.That’s one rep. Complete two sets of 15 reps each.
EXERCISE 5: Chin Rotations
With this exercise you can make the neck and face muscles strong and tighter.
How To Do:
1.In a seated or standing position, elongate your spine for a tall, straight back.
2.Then, leading with your chin, slowly and gently rotate your head so it moves in a full circle from your shoulder to chest to shoulder to back. (If full circular rotations bother your neck, stick with semicircles moving from shoulder to shoulder.)
3.Make sure to keep your shoulders down and back throughout the movement. That’s one rep.
4.Complete 10. Repeat in the opposite direction.
EXERCISE 6: Side Neck Stretch
In this exercise, you need to involve more than just your neck and face muscles.
How To Do:
1.Sitting on the floor, place one hand on the floor, fingers down, about one foot away from your hip.
2.Do not lean or rest heavily on your fingertips.
3.Wrap your opposite arm over the top of your head so that your palm rests on your opposite ear.
4.Keeping your head in alignment with your neck, bend your head toward your shoulder, using your palm to gently press down your head to your shoulder.
5.Then take your fingertips off the floor and place them on your upper arm, applying gentle pressure to press the shoulder down and away from your head. Hold this position for 10 seconds.
6.Release your hands, return to the starting position and repeat on the opposite side.
7. Try this 10 times.
EXERCISE 7: Jaw Release
This is one of the most effective double chin exercises and brings the desired results.
How To Do:
- Sit or stand while keeping your spine straightened.
- Inhale deeply using nose and exhale while keeping lips shut.
- During breathing in and out, move the jaws as if you are chewing.
- After breathing out, open your mouth wide and inhale and exhale using your mouth.
- Repeat these steps a few times.
EXERCISE 8: Pigeon
This is another effective and easy way to reduce double chin.
How To Do:
- At first, hold the jaw by using thumb on one side and index finger on the opposite side.
- Keep your hand still and push your head and neck forward.
- Remain in this pose for half a minute.
- Then revert to the initial position.
- This can be repeated three times at one stretch.
EXERCISE 9: Stick Out Tongue
Initially, you may find the idea of sticking the tongue out somewhat silly or odd. However, this is a great exercise that builds the muscles in your chin and can reduce a double chin without surgery.
How To Do:
1. Stand or sit in a relaxed position.
2.Open your mouth as wide as you can and stick your tongue out as far as you can so that you feel your chin and neck tighten.
3.Hold your tongue out and count to 10.
4.Relax and return to the starting position.
5.That’s one rep. Complete
EXERCISE 10: Platysma Exercise
The platysma is one large muscle connecting your shoulder to the jaw line. Toning it helps keeping the neck and chin in shape.
How To Do:
- Stand or sit while keeping the spine erect.
- Pull lips back against the teeth.
- Then turn the corners of your mouth downwards.
- Now open your mouth a little and keep the lips pressed against the teeth.
- The neck tendons will stand out.
- Twist the lower jaw a few times.
EXERCISE 11: Neck Roll
This is one of the easiest exercises that you can try to reduce double chin.
How To Do:
- At first, sit with your spine erect and inhale.
- Then turn your head to a side to ensure your chin is in touch with the shoulder.
- Now breathe out and lower your head slowly to ensure your chin rests on the chest.
- Then breathe in once more and lift your head to the other side to touch the shoulder you’re your chin.
- This can be repeated a few times.
EXERCISE 12: Slapping Chin
The very idea of slapping your chin may seem trifling, but you may recall how some old era actors resorted to this exercise to look youthful. It does help you get rid of double chin.
How To Do:
- Stand or sit in an upright posture.
- With the back of palm, slap underneath your chin. Begin at a slow rate.
- Gradually increase the intensity of the slap without hitting too hard.
- It can be tried several times daily.
EXERCISE 13: Head Lift
This exercise can be a tad hard for those who experience dizziness. However, with practice you can overcome the issue.
How To Do:
- At first, lie straight on the bed with face towards the ceiling.
- Let the neck be at the edge of the bed.
- Now try lifting the head towards the chest without using hands.
- Hold the head in this pose for 10 seconds.
- Then slowly take your head to the starting position without letting it drop.
- Repeat this thrice a day.
EXERCISE 14: Tennis Ball Exercise
This is one simple exercise that can be practiced with a tennis ball whenever you are free. You need not involve the hands.
How To Do:
- Take a tennis ball and use the chin to hold it over the neck.
- Now move the chin to rub the tennis ball over the neck.
- Try doing it for a few minutes.
EXERCISE 15: Lip to Nose
This simple exercise can do wonders to erase the signs of a double chin in adults.
How To Do:
- Sit or stand straight.
- Now, try touching the nose with your lower lip.
- Try the exercise for 20 times or so.