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How to Reduce Double Chin

By Edited Jun 4, 2014 0 2

The neck, jawline and chin are often the first areas of the face to sag. In most cases, this is caused by the skin's lessening elasticity with age, but can also be caused by weight loss or gain, loss of circulation or nutritional deficiencies. Besides eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water, there are several other things you can do to reduce double chin. Making dietary changes, performing double chin exercises and applying hot oil treatments can all help if you use them regularly. Here are some ways to lessen the appearance of your double chin at home:

Nutritional Supplements for Double Chin

A deficiency in essential vitamin E, which typically appears in women approaching menopause, can decrease the skin's elasticity and cause double chin. Vitamin E is found in many different plant foods, particularly green, leafy vegetables, seed oils, wheat germ oil, vegetable oils and various fruits, nuts and legumes. Increase your daily intake of the vitamin by including these foods, as well as apples, corn and beans, into your diet. You may also take a dietary supplement if you find it difficult to eat many of these foods. Once you've taken care of your diet, you can move on to more external solutions to help you get rid of double chin.

Double Chin Exercises

These daily exercises will help reduce double chin when performed on a regular basis. They help tighten the skin and improve your appearance, and they only take a few minutes each day. Try to perform them at least three times per week, or more often if possible.
  1. Move your neck in a clockwise and then counter-clockwise in a circular motion. Move in each direction 3 times, trying your best to make the motion fluid. This should make you feel extremely relaxed. Inhale deeply and hold your breath until you return to the original position.
  2. Move your head forward and back, making a "yes" motion. Inhale when your head is in the upright position, move your head forward, hold and exhale. Lift up, inhale and repeat three times.
  3. Move your head back and forth, making a "no" motion. Inhale deeply when your head is in the normal, upright position, and exhale with each side motion. Move your head slowly to get the most benefit from this double chin exercise. Repeat three times.
  4. Perform a "head push" by resting your elbows on a table in front of you, clasping your hands together at the back of your neck, inhaling and gently pressing your chin down to your chest. Exhale, return to the original position, inhale, and then press your chin to your right shoulder. Exhale, return to the original position, inhale, and then press your chin to your left shoulder. Exhale, return to the original position, inhale, and then press your head back as far as possible.
  5. Perform a "double chin push," an isometric exercise that will prevent and reduce double chin, though it's difficult to perfect. With your elbows resting on the table, interlace your fingers together and push against your chin. At the same time, push your chin against your clasped hands. Press with equal pressure against the hands and chin, and hold for a count of 20. If performed correctly, this double chin exercise should make you very tired.
Double Chin Oil Treatments

Once you've supplemented your diet with vitamin E and mastered the exercises above, you can try one a therapeutic oil treatment for reducing double chin. There are numerous oils that will nourish your sensitive neck and chin area, while promoting tighter, firmer skin. Try any of the following double chin oil treatments in conjunction with exercise and proper diet.
  • Wheat Germ Oil Double Chin Massage - The easiest of all oil treatments is simple wheat germ oil, massaged into the chin and neck in an upward motion, beginning at the bottom of the neck and working your way up. If you don't want to use wheat germ oil, you can also use cocoa butter, as it is widely used for improving the skin. In addition, cocoa butter helps complexion by reducing wrinkles, fine lines and scars.
  • Cocoa Butter Double Chin Treatment – Combine 1 tablespoon cocoa butter, 1 tablespoon lanolin and 1/2 cup wheat germ, corn or peanut oil in the top of a double boiler until everything is completely dissolved. Add up to 4 tablespoons of water to make the mixture easier to spread. Transfer to a labeled glass jar, refrigerate and shake well before using. Massage into the neck and double chin area in an upward motion.
  • Brewer's Yeast Double Chin Mask – Combine 1 tablespoon brewer's yeast, 1 tablespoon of wheat germ oil and 1 egg yolk in a small mixing bowl. Apply to the neck and double chin gently, but do not rub in. Simply smooth it over the skin, allow to dry for 15 to 20 minutes, and then wash off with tepid water and an absorbent cloth.
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Comments

Apr 17, 2010 2:44pm
kp3028
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
Apr 18, 2010 10:50am
Sookie
my mother used to do these exercises, and I would laugh, and she said one day you will need to do them! I don't laugh anymore! Great article
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