What is a “double chin”? Medical definition: An accumulation of soft adipose tissue in the chin area. Very often, a double chin is observed in obese people, however, it can be found just as often in those whom nature has protected from overweight problems, which is even more offensive. Sometimes this happens: with a slender figure and beautiful appearance in profile, a girl looks bad – and all because of a double chin.
But don’t despair: there are methods to fix this problem.
Let’s first consider the main reasons for its formation, the knowledge of which will help many to prevent this very unpleasant phenomenon.
Reasons for the appearance of a double chin
One of the first causes of a double chin is a genetic predisposition. In other words, this chin fold can be inherited, which is pretty sad. Remember your favorite faces – parents, grandmothers, grandfathers, take a look at the family photo album. If none of them have such a “defect”, then the reason for the appearance of a double chin in you, most likely, lies not in heredity.
Also, people with an unexpressed lower jaw are prone to the formation of a double chin.
The following reasons for a double chin include age-related changes in the oval of the face, when the skin begins to lose its firmness and elasticity, “turgor”, and the neck muscles weaken significantly. To prevent this, you need to do simple exercises for the face and neck. More on this below.
Another reason for a double chin is obesity, as well as sudden gains and weight loss.
What else can cause a double chin? Due to a malfunction of the thyroid gland or in connection with diabetes mellitus. Check with an endocrinologist – it is not superfluous.
Other possible causes of a double chin include:
- constant stoop and drooping head when walking, including when sitting, for example, improper posture when working at a computer, or when reading;
- sleeping on a high pillow;
- unhealthy diet (too frequent use of high-calorie fatty and spicy foods).
Exercises against a double chin
Tilt your head back and look at the ceiling. Stretch your lips in a kiss as if you are about to kiss the sky.
Hold this position for 5 seconds. Relax your lips, straighten up. Repeat the exercise 15 times.
Open your mouth as wide as possible and stick your tongue forward. Hold your tongue in a tense position for 5 seconds, close your mouth. Repeat the exercise 10 times. Due to the tenseness of the tongue and chin muscles, the effect of this exercise is significant. By including the muscles that are inactive in everyday life, we make the skin tighten.
Forward and upward
Tilt your head back, look at the ceiling. Tighten your lower jaw and push it forward.
Keep your jaw extended for 10 seconds. It can be difficult and frustrating at first! Be patient – each time it will be easier to perform this exercise. Repeat the exercise 10 times.
Stand straight. Place your chin against your chest. Slowly turn your head to the right and hold this position for 5 seconds. Then turn your head to the left and also linger for 5 seconds at the extreme point. Repeat this 6 times.
The following 4 exercises are much easier to do!
Tongue to teeth
Open your mouth wide, touch the tip of your tongue to your lower teeth. Breathe in through your mouth and say “A.” Keep your mouth open for 1 minute.
Repeat this exercise 1 more time.
For 30 seconds, lightly pat yourself under your chin. It perfectly stimulates blood circulation and helps the fatty layer disappear forever!
Back and forth
Place your hand under your chin in a V-shape. Fix your chin with your hand. Move your head back and forth, feeling the muscles in the lower face and neck work. Freeze in a tense position for 30 seconds.
Relax your neck and arm. Repeat this exercise 3 times.
Lie down so that your head hangs over the edge of the bed. Slowly raise your head to chest level without moving your shoulders.
Repeat this simple exercise against the double chin twice.