- Aging & Longevity
Double Chin Exercises
As we age, one of the first areas to go down South is our neck. When I was younger, I barely paid any attention to this area of my body, but now wish I had starting taking care of it earlier. Some women suffer with “turkey” neck, a little hanging pouch of skin that is not very attractive. Some have skin that "drapes" or hangs in folds. Others have genes for double chins. I’m the latter.
Something you can do daily that does not cost anything is facial exercises. For turkey neck, practice trying to touch your nose with the tip of your tongue. Also, when you were young you probably played with a toy that had a paddle with a ball attached with a rubber string. Similarly, imagine a ball hanging in front of your face with a ball dangling and try to bob if with your chin raised up several times a day. It is like pushups for your neck. Keep your back tall and straight and do it in front of the mirror.
The neck moves in three different motions. Tilting the head forward is called neck flexion. Moving it side to side is called lateral neck flexion. Leaning your head backward is called extension.
For double chins, try to do these exercises three days a week.
A. Sit or stand upright. Gently turn your head to the left, without dropping or lifting your chin until you feel a stretching sensation. Hold this position for 5 counts. Then gently move your head to the right side and keep for a count of 5. Repeat 3 times.
B. Sit up straight and tilt your head back looking up to the ceiling and keep your lips together and relaxed. Next move your lower lip over your top lip as far as possible and keep for a count of five. Return head to a normal position and then repeat the exercise 10 times.
C. Sit or stand upright and tilt your head backwards looking up to the ceiling while keeping your lips together. Start a chewing movement. You should feel the muscles working. Repeat this chewing movement 20 times. This is a good exercise to help rid you of a double chin. You can also do a reverse chewing motion which helps get rid of jowls.
D. Make an exaggerated smile; open mouthed showing most of your teeth. Stretch the smile until you feel a pulling in your neck muscles. Hold this big smile and tilt head back, then forward as far as you can. Lift your head and look straight ahead. Then go from a big smile to a frown. Hold this position until you feel the pull from the muscles in your neck. Do this at least 10 times.
The delicate muscles of the neck respond to simple stretching. The following exercises do not require a great range of motion to be effective. For all three of the following exercises, lie flat on a bench, allowing your head to dangle freely over the edge.
Flexion - Lie on your back and slowly tuck your chin to your chest. Return to the starting position and repeat.
Extension - Lie on your stomach and slowly extend your head upward. Return to the starting position and repeat. Be careful not to hyperextend.
Lateral flexion - Lie on your side and slowly flex your neck up toward your shoulder. Return to the starting position and repeat. Switch sides after completing the prescribed number of reps. Caution: Always move your head smoothly and slowly to avoid possible injury.
My dermatologist reminded me that the sun damages the skin on our neck just like it does on our face, so we should make sure we use sunscreen on our necks daily. He also said that when you are driving, there is enough sun coming through the windows to cause sunspots and other problems. He suggested a moisturizer that has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30, which can prevent damage from ultraviolet radiation.
Japanese women massage their faces and necks daily. There are little vibrators that heat up and you can use those to massage your neck and face when you take your makeup off at night. It has been said that grape seed oil is great for massaging the skin of your neck.
I have noticed a tightening of my neck skin and less of a double chin after doing some of these exercises regularly. I’m sure there are plenty of other treatments, but I prefer to try exercises first before taking drastic steps.