Have all your selfies 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. To 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.
#1.Sugar Free Gum:
To get rid of a double chin, it is essential to keep your facial muscles toned and give the muscles in your jaw line a workout. One of the best ways to do that is to chew sugarless gum. Sugar free chewing gum can even help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Simply chew sugarless gum several times a day to reduce your double chin as quickly as possible.
The chin lift exercise is the best way to get rid of a double chin. It helps in working and stretching most of the facial muscles including the jaw, throat and neck. But make sure not to use any other facial muscle other than the lips while doing this exercise. You can perform this exercise either in the sitting or standing position. Begin by tilting your head towards the ceiling, keeping your eyes fixed towards it. Now, make your lips tight, as if trying to kiss the ceiling, hold it till a count of 5 seconds and relax. Repeat it 10 to 20 times at a stretch.
Sitting with your back straight and shoulders down, tilt your head back so that you are looking at the ceiling. Forcefully press your tongue flat to the roof of your mouth. 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. You should feel your chin and the front of your neck contract. Then relax your tongue and straighten your neck to return to the starting position. That’s one rep. Complete two sets of 20 reps each.
An egg white mask can be of great help in getting rid of a double chin because it has a skin tightening effect. Egg whites are also good for the overall health of the skin.
- Whisk together two egg whites, one tablespoon each of milk, honey and lemon juice.
- Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil.
- Apply this mask to the skin around your chin and neck area.
- Leave it on for 30 minutes.
- Rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat dry your skin.
- Do this once daily for quick results.
#5.Rolling the Neck:
Rolling the neck is one of the most effective exercises for getting rid of a double chin. It helps in toning the chin, jaw line and neck muscles and is also an effective exercise for promoting sleep and reducing stress. It helps in tightening the skin of the neck and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin. You can practice it either in a sitting or standing position. Start in a straight position by keeping your head at the normal position. Now, gently bend your head to one side and lining with your chin, then slowly turn your head to that it makes a complete circular rotation. Remember to keep your spine straight and shoulders down at all times. Repeat it in both clockwise and anti-clockwise directions for 3 to 4 minutes.
The lip pull is one of the most effective facial yoga exercises, which when performed regularly can help in lifting up the face muscles and take away years from your face, making you look more youthful with high cheekbones and a prominent jaw line. Begin in a standing or sitting position with your head in the normal position. Now, lift your lower lip up as much as possible by pushing the lower jaw out. You will feel the stretch and tension build in the chin muscles and jaw line. Remain in this posture for 10 to 15 seconds and relax. Perform the lip pull exercise 10 to 15 times at a stretch.