You look in the mirror and see a second chin starting to form? Are you considering surgery to get rid of those folds of skin? Well hold on before you commit to doing surgery to get rid of it because there are some exercises that you can do to keep that second chin from taking over your face. The question is, why does this double chin happen in the first place? The reason is simple. Over time the collagen levels in your skin are lowered in your skin loses its elasticity. That’s why with older people you will see sagging in the neck and the chin but even if you are a young adult or middle-aged, you can still suffer from this problem because it actually begins around age 20.
Plus there are a number of factors that can exacerbate the condition. For example, if you are a smoker, you are doing damage to your skin already. If you have a poor diet, this could affect your skin and contribute to the sagging and exposes the sun or drug abuse – as well as alcoholism – can all be contributing factors to skin problems.
But there are two muscles that make up your neck and if you can exercise those muscles you can actually do quite a bit for your double chin and other sagging. In this article, we will go over five exercises that will work your sternocleidomastoid and platysma muscles and allow you to get rid of your double chin, and make yourself – and your face especially – look like it did when you were 20.
How often should you do these exercises?You should probably commit to 3 to 4 times a week if you want to see results.Just like with any other muscle training, you do want to have a day in between but three times a week should be your minimum.
The first exercise is called the tongue press. You probably want to do is exercise in private because it does look a little silly, but it will work the muscles that you need to work to get rid of sagging neck skin or double chance. You should sit on a chair to do this that has a sturdy back. You are going to lean back and look up at the ceiling with your head tilted backwards and then press your tongue up to the roof of your mouth as hard as you can. Now, tilt your head forward and lower your chin to your chest but don’t bend your back. Your chin and your neck should contract and you should feel that muscle working. Then you can go back to the position you started in.
Hopefully, you know what it looks like when you’re astonished. This is the kind of astonishment that makes your mouth drop open and end up in a really large O. So, make an ‘O’ as if you were astonished to practice. Now, get into the same position that you were in with the previous exercise. Sit on the chair until your head back so that you are looking at the ceiling. Your lip should be close at this point. Now you are going to open your mouth until it reaches that ‘O’ shape. Continue this until you have counted off 20 seconds and then relax your mouth and return to the beginning.
This is probably another one that you shouldn’t do while you are at work or out in public somewhere. This exercise is called the ceiling kiss and you are going to be standing to do it. Make sure that both of your arms or hanging loosely at your sides but you want to tilt your head back and look up at the ceiling just like you did with the previous exercises. Now, all you do is make a kissy face, as if you were trying to smooch the ceiling. Do this for five seconds and then relax. Again, just like with the others, you should feel the muscles contract that you’re trying to work. That’s how you’ll know it is working.
The next exercise is called the side stretch. What you do for this exercise is to sit on the floor with your legs crossed. Put one hand on the floor, palms down, directly to the side of your hip. Put your other arm over your head, reaching for the other side. Now make sure that your head is aligned with your neck and just pressure head to your shoulder. Feel that muscle work and even take your other hand off of the floor to help put pressure on your head if you need to distract up that muscle. Hold it for 15 seconds and then go to the other side and repeat the entire process.
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The last exercise that we’re going to discuss is a really simple one. You’re going to want to sit in a chair once again, but this time you don’t have to tilt your head back and look at the ceiling. You can just keep your head looking straight. Make sure you’re in a relaxed position. Now, all you have to do is open your mouth as wide as you possibly can and then stick out your tongue as far as you possibly can until you feel that muscle stretch.