A double chin can look odd and ugly on your face, and people go the extra mile to find a way to get rid of it. There are many reasons for a double chin – excessive weight gain, aging and it can also be hereditary. As you get older, the ‘musculousmylohyoideus’ muscle underneath the chin loses its elasticity and with weight gain, the area just swells up and becomes plump like your cheeks. Exercise and diet control are good ways to lose weight and a double chin, and the combination of exercises and massage can get the desired results.
Start by Losing Weight
Yes, losing weight will cause the double chin to go away, or you will at least notice some improvement. Try a low-calorie diet including whole foods and a lot of vegetables. Increase your physical activity to increase your metabolism rate. The first thing that gets reduced for most people when they lose weight is the face and the chin.
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Try Some Exercises
Exercise is a sure-shot way of eliminating the double chin. That doesn’t mean you should limit yourself to only chin exercises, as it has to be a full-body workout. The exercises specific to the chin can loosen those muscles and help in faster reduction of a double chin by toning the face, neck and jaw muscles.
Interesting as the name sounds, this exercise should be done while standing. Tilt your head backwards with your face pointing to the ceiling. Pucker your lips and give a flying kiss to the ceiling. Hold in the position for five seconds. Relax and repeat this 15 times.
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Stick your tongue out
This is a fun exercise and you will love doing it. Open your mouth wide and stick your tongue out slowly, while counting to 5. The tongue should be stretched out as much as possible. Now, count another 5 and move your tongue inside your mouth. Repeat this exercise 10 times.
Bottom jaw jut
Start by tilting your head a little and look straight towards the ceiling. While turning your head to your right, slowly slide your bottom jaw in a forward motion. Wait for 5 to ten seconds before releasing the position. Now, repeat the same with head turned to your left.
Place a ball of 9-10 inch under your chin and press your chin against the ball. Repeat this for 25 times in a day.
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This exercise has to be done very slowly. Any jerking movement can sprain your neck. Bring your chin to your chest and rotate your head slowly towards the right. Hold the position for 5 seconds and bring your head back down. Repeat the same, this time with head to the left. Hold and alternate between left and right sides for 30 seconds.
Try Some Natural remedies
Along with trying some exercises, you can also use natural remedies that would help you get better results. For instance:
- Wheat germ oil – Wheat germ oil is an excellent source of Vitamin E which provides nourishment and tightens the skin. Regular massage of the neck and chin area using this oil helps in reducing the double chin over time. The best time to apply and massage the area is before going to bed. Take some oil and rub it on your palms. Gently massage the area between neck and chin in an upward motion for 15 minutes. Leave the oil on you till morning. You can see the results in a month if you apply this oil regularly.
- Egg white – Egg white is a very good skin tightening agent. You can prepare a mask using egg white and apply it on the affected areas. Break 2 eggs and discard the yolks. Beat the egg white nicely and add to it one tablespoon each of milk, honey and lemon juice. Adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil can enhance the effect of the mask. Apply the mask gently but firmly in the chin and neck area. After 30 minutes, wash the area with lukewarm water and gently dry with a soft cloth.
- Chewing gum – The best way to get rid of double chin is to keep the face firm and give a lot of exercise work to the facial muscles. Sugar-free gum is tasty and keeps you occupied, gives a nice massage to the jaw and chin muscles and is also good for healthy teeth and gums.
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The fact of the matter is that if you’re concerned about that sagging skin under your lower jaw, you should use a combination of weight loss, exercise, and natural remedies. Try it all and you will surely see some results!