A double chin can distract from even the most attractive person. There are several reasons behind forming a double chin.
- Genetics: Just as you inherit your hair color and your eye color from your parents, you may also inherit the potential for a double chin. All you have to do is to take a look around at your family members to see if you are going to be destined for a double chin or not.
- Age: Double chin seems to develop as we age. The skin becomes loose and muscle loss play a role as we age. Chin muscles, like the rest of your muscles, start to slack as you age.
- Weight gain: One of the biggest reasons we develop double chin is because of excess weight. Your face and neck are the first places that respond when you lose or gain weight. This can contribute to the forming of the double chin.
Some things you cannot change, like genetics but other things you can, like weight gain. In any case there are exercises that you can do that will reduce your double chin and even prevent it.
There are muscles in your chin—work them out to increase their ability to hold the fat and skin in place.
Try These 10 Chin Exercises
Give these 10 exercises a try to get your double chin under control:
1. Tongue Press
Sitting up straight and bend your head back so that you are face is pointed toward the ceiling. Press your tongue hard against the roof of your mouth. Keep your tongue against the roof of your mouth pressing and slowly bring your head down toward your chest without moving your shoulders, let your neck do the work. Do 20 reps.
2. Pout and Tilt
Sit or stand and stick your lower lip out as far as you can. You should feel pulling in your neck as you do this. Hold the position for one second. Then pull your chin down toward your chest, using your neck not your shoulders. Pause once your chin gets to your chest and release. Do 20 reps.
3. The “O”
Sit straight up with your back against the chair. Tilt your head all the way back so that your face is pointed toward the ceiling. Form and O with your lips pulling them together, hold the O and pull your chin toward your chest using only your neck muscles. Do 20 reps.
4. Chin Rotations
This one is relatively easy. Either stand or sit and use a good posture. Elongate your spine with your head straight.
Slowly roll your head to one side and stretch as far as you can. Roll your neck slowly to the other side and stretch. Repeat 10 reps.
5. Side Neck Stretch
Stand up straight. With your shoulders straight. Using one hand on the top and one underneath manually stretch your head to one side than the other repeat 10 times for each side.
6. Jaw Release
Sit or stand with your shoulders straight. Open your jaw as far as you can and stick your tongue all the way out. Hold for 5 seconds. Do 20 reps.
Place your thumb on one side of your jaw, right underneath your jaw before it moves up toward your ear. Use the index finger on the same hand on the other side of the jaw in the same location. Create force with your hand so that when you push your head forward your hand does not give. Push your head forward using your neck muscles and hold the positon for 5 seconds. Perform 3 reps holding for 5 seconds each time.
8. Kiss the Sky
Sit straight up with your back against the chair. Tilt your head back and look toward the ceiling. Pucker up and stick your lips out as far as you can. Hold for 5 seconds. Return to the position you started in and then repeat 20 times.
9. Tongue Exercises
Stick out your tongue as far as it goes and move it from side to side without moving your face. Be sure to press down with your lower jaw as you are moving your tongue around.
10. Head Lifts
Lay flat on your back on your bed and hang your head off the side of the bed. Slowly lift your head only toward your chest. Hold for 3 seconds. Do 10 reps.
Doing these exercise a few times a week will help reduce your double chin and may even help to prevent one in the future.