That double chin bothering you? Worry not? Try these simple facial exercises to get rid of the double chin. A double chin typically appears when there is a layer of fat under your chin. It is also known as submental fat. There are a lot of videos available on YouTube and along with facial tools, these simple facial exercises to reduce double chin can help you to get rid of the excess fat around the chin making it more prominent.
What are the causes of a double chin?
A double chin is often associated with weight gain. But then you also don’t have to be overweight to get a double chin! Loose and sagging skin can also contribute to a double chin. Sometimes it may also just be the genetics and of course, we cannot discount the fact that aging also plays a role that results in a double chin.
How are some tried and tested ways to get rid of the double chin?
While there are many facial tools like the jade roller and the gua sha (one of my favorites) that help to reduce the double chin when used regularly, there are also facial exercises to reduce double chin that can be done whenever you have the time. The trick is to be consistent with these exercises.
Watch: This tutorial here on Instagram where I use the Gua Sha in my night regime.
Eating healthy and nutritious foods like microgreens and salads, making exercise a habit are also some ways to shed the excess fat and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Let’s have a look at some facial exercises to reduce double chin that will help you get rid of the excess fat build up.
Facial Exercises to Reduce Double Chin
Honestly, I am one of those people who resorted to binge eating during the pandemic, and while everyone was sharing stories of weight loss, I was guilty of weight gain! And the face is where it showed up first, the double chin was back! A quick search made me zero in to a couple of facial exercises to reduce double chin that I am sharing with you in this post.
Facial exercises are not restricted to the double chin, some of the many benefits of facial exercise include:
- Strengthening of face muscles
- Improving the blood circulation
- Improving the skin texture
- Reducing the built-up tension caused by everyday work
If you have neck issues, avoid exercises that make you tilt your head and face upwards as it can aggravate your neck pain. In case you do want to try this, please do so under guided supervision only. Or please check with your doctor before you proceed with these exercises. Stop any of these exercises if you feel dizzy or nauseated. All of the exercises will require you to be seated, so please be seated in a comfortable position in a chair to do these exercises.
#Exercise 1: Make a Fish Face
Yes, the fish face got popular with the Instagrammers and their selfies! But you don’t have to pose for Instagram with this pose, instead just incorporate it into your face care routine to tone your facial muscles to give it a sleek look.
How to do it:
Take a few deep breaths to regularize your breathing first. This helps you do this exercise properly and doesn’t leave you gasping for breath! All you need to do is make a fish face by sucking in your cheeks and hold that pose for 20 seconds at least. You can start with 10 seconds and slowly increase the duration for as long as you can. Do at least five reps of this with a 30 second break between each repetition.
#Exercise 2: Do the Jaw Jut
The jaw jut involves the neck muscles, so please try this only if you have no underlying medical conditions that can aggravate the pain.
How to do it:
Tilt your head back and turn it towards the ceiling. Now, push your lower jaw forward till you feel a slight pull or a stretch under your chin. Hold the posture and count till 10. Slowly start to relax the jaw and get your head back to the neutral or normal position. Do this at least times with a break of 30 seconds in between each repetition.
#Exercise 3 – Ball Under the Chin
You will need a soft ball for this exercise. Pick up one of those stress-buster balls that are made with foam so that you don’t end up bruising your skin.
How to do it:
Place a 9–10-inch foam ball under your chin and press it down to hold the ball. Hold it for 15 – 20 second to start with and slowly increase the time. Repeat this at least 15 times a day along with the other facial exercises to reduce double chin.
#Exercise 4 – The Tongue Stretch
The stretch involves the movement of the facial muscles. You will need to be seated comfortable in a chair to this exercise. There is head movement involved in this exercise.
How to do it:
Tilt your neck to stretch it to a position where you do not feel any kind of discomfort. Stretch the tongue out as much as you can without causing any strain when you do it. Please ensure that these exercises do not cause any discomfort, if they do, you are not doing it the right way. Hold it for 10 seconds, pull back the tongue and get your head to the normal position. Take a few deep breaths and repeat this at least 5 times with a gap of 30 seconds between each rep.
#Exercise 5 – Massage the Chin
I prefer using the gua sha for this massage, however in the absence of one, you can use your fingers to do this massage. This exercise also helps to firm up the jawline.
How to do it:
Starting from the collarbone, massage in gentle upward strokes. Use both your hands to do this exercise. If you are using a gua sha, use the flat side of the tool to make upward strokes starting from the collarbone to the chin. This will take you approximately one minute. Use gentle, yet firm strokes without applying too much pressure. Do this at least 5 times keeping a gap of 30 seconds between each exercise.
For the jawline, use the index and middle finger knuckles and start from the chin and move towards the ear. If you are using a gua sha, use the heart shaped part to do this exercise. Repeat this 5 times on each side.
#Exercise 6 – Do the Pout
Yes, you can use the pout not just for the selfies on Instagram, but also to tone your face and get a sharper jawline.
How to do it:
Tilt your head to look towards the ceiling and pout those lips. You can also make an O with your lips as a variation. The area under your neck should be stretched when you are doing this. Hold this position for about 15 seconds and get your head back to the normal position. Repeat this at least 5 times with a gap of 30 seconds between each rep.
#Exercise 7 – Chew some Gum
Pick your favorite chewing gum, preferably a sugar-free variant. Chew the gum for at least 10 – 15 minutes. Chewing the gum sets your jaw and chin muscles in motion. This is really an optional exercise when you are pressed for time and have no time to do the other exercises. Keep this as the last resort!
FAQ’s on Facial Exercises to Reduce Double Chin
Q. How many times in a week should I do these facial exercises?
A. Start these exercises at least 3 times a week and the mentioned exercises should take you approximately 15 – 20 minutes. You can increase the frequency when you are comfortable with these exercises. Avoid overdoing any of these exercises when you start out as these can lead to the cramping of the jaw and the neck muscles.
Q. How long will take for the results to show?
A. As with anything that you start off, patience will be one of the key virtues that you will need. It takes a few months for the results to show when these exercises are practiced frequently. The results will also vary from person to person, especially if you have any underlying health conditions.
Q. What is the best way to do these facial exercises to reduce double chin?
A. All of the exercises will require you to be seated, so please be seated in a comfortable position in a chair to do these exercises.
Keep in mind that these exercises take time for the results to show up. So, if you are looking for instant results, don’t expect it! Facial exercises to reduce double chin should be done regularly.