A double chin is one of the signs of aging that most people have to deal with as they grow older. It’s right up there with jelly arms, a beer belly, and dry and wrinkled skin. Needless to say, finding out that you have a double chin can be very devastating. Discovering that your skin that was once taut and smooth is now loose and wobbly can make you feel old and unattractive. A double chin is caused by several factors, including excessive caloric intake, facial muscles that have slackened and genetics. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to work off a double chin, or at the very least, reduce its appearance.
1. Exercise the Platysma Muscles
The platysma muscle exercise is probably the most popular one there is for people who wish to get rid of a double chin. To start, open your mouth as wide as it will go. Pull your bottom lip in such a way that it would cover the bottom row of you teeth. Now that your lower mouth resembles a scoop, pretend to be “shoveling” something with it. This means moving your jaw up and down as though you are trying to catch something with your mouth. Anyone who sees you will probably laugh, but this can be an effective exercise when done regularly. Ten repetitions as much as three times a day should help you see results over time.
2. Exercise the Entire Body
Losing weight in a single body part is only possible if you lose weight in the other areas of your body. The same is true for reducing a double chin. If you’re overweight, it’s impossible for you to lose weight on your chin alone while the rest of your body remains shrouded in fat. If you are serious about trimming down your double chin, try a combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercises to help you lose weight and tone your body. For instance, you can take up a cardiovascular exercise like running and combine that with regular weight lifting.
3. Get Chewing
Just like leg or arm muscles, facial muscles need plenty of exercise in order to stay in shape. Facial and jaw muscles that are regularly exercised will have less chance of becoming slack and storing excess fat. Chewing some sugar-free gum is one of the best and easiest ways to give your facial and jaw muscles the exercise they need. Keep your jawline trim and taut by chewing on sugarless gum after a meal or a snack. Another added benefit is that it will keep your breath smelling fresh.
4. Chin Out
Those pesky posture lessons that you used to have in gym class almost always pay off in your adulthood. That old “chest out, shoulders back and stomach in” posture is actually a good way to prevent your jaw muscles from slacking. You might not realize it but you probably tend to squish your chin and jaw against your neck when you are working on the computer, watching TV or reading in bed. Try to catch yourself and correct this bad habit and make sure your chin is always jutting out.