Having a double chin doesn’t always mean that you are overweight, it can be genetic and it can be a result of your skin sagging as you get a bit older. Needless to say, if you are overweight, then you are more likely to develop a double chin and, in this case, losing weight will reduce the size of your double chin. There are also surgical procedures that will remove excess fat and skin from under the chin, but, if you are looking for a cheaper way to deal with the problem, here are ten tips on how to reduce double chin, without surgery.
1. Chew gum
The easiest way to tone up your jawline and chin is to chew gum a few times a day. Chewing gum doesn’t stop you from working, or get in the way of anything else you might be doing, so you could be exercising your chin at any time of the day. It also has the added benefit of being good for your teeth, because it helps to remove bits of food from between your teeth, as well as plaque.
2. Wheat germ oil
Another great tip on how to reduce double chin is to use wheat germ oil. If your double chin is being caused by loose skin, then massaging it with wheat germ oil will help to tighten up the skin. Wheat germ oil is a great source of Vitamin E, which nourishes the skin and firms it. Massage wheat germ oil onto your chin every night, working your way upwards from your neck to the chin, for about ten to fifteen minutes. Leave the oil on overnight so that Vitamin E gets a chance to be absorbed fully into the skin.
3. Chin lifts
Unlike chewing gum, this is one facial exercise you will want to do in private! Chin lifts work by exercising and stretching the muscles in your jaw, throat and neck. It’s probably best to do this exercise sitting down. Tilt your head back, so that you are looking up at the ceiling, and, keeping your eyes looking up, purse your lips as though you are trying to kiss the ceiling. Hold that position for five seconds, relax, and repeat ten times.
4. Egg whites
Next great tip on how to reduce double chin, especially if it’s been caused by sagging skin under the chin, is to use egg whites, which have a natural skin tightening effect. Whisk up the whites of two eggs and add a spoonful of honey and a spoonful of olive oil. Apply the mask to your chin and neck and leave it on for fifteen minutes. As the egg whites dry, you’ll feel them tightening your skin. Do this daily for the best results.
5. Neck rolls
Neck rolling exercises are a good way to firm up the muscles under the chin and tighten the skin too, it’s also a good way to reduce stress and help you sleep. Sit with your head looking straight forward, then gently bend your head to one side and roll your head around in a circular motion. Alternate between a clockwise and an anticlockwise movement and do the exercise for about three minutes a day, and you will soon see the difference in your double chin.
6. Cocoa butter
Another tip on how to reduce double chin is to use cocoa butter. Massaging the chin with cocoa butter will improve the blood supply to the area and improve the elasticity of the skin. Warm up two tablespoons of cocoa butter and massage it onto your skin for about ten minutes. Do this regularly and it will reduce a double chin, tone the muscles, and make your skin super soft and smooth as well.
7. Cardio exercises
As a double chin is frequently the sign of being overweight, cardiovascular exercise will burn fat from all over your body, including your double chin. You can tighten the skin and tone the muscles using the methods that we have described, but to burn fat, you need to eat a healthy diet and exercise, so that you burn more calories than you consume.
8. Chew and jaw release
This is another facial exercise that will stretch your muscles in the jaw, neck and cheeks. Sit with your head facing straight forward and, with your mouth close and then make exaggerated chewing motions for one minute. Then, keeping your tongue held to the bottom of your mouth, open your mouth wide for five seconds. Return to the chewing exercise and repeat the series ten times.
9. Drink green tea
Next good tip on how to reduce double chin is to drink green tea every day. Green tea increases the metabolism, so you burn off more fat, and it also helps to flush excess water and toxins from your body, which can be the cause of a double chin.
10. Think about your posture
Even the slimmest of people can make themselves look like they have a double chin, if they have a bad posture and they sit with their head slouched forward. Sit up straight, with your head held up, and it will immediately diminish the appearance of a double chin. It will help strengthen the muscles in your neck as well, which will have the long term effect of reducing the prominence of a double chin.