We often feel embarrassed when we see people staring at our double chin. Double chin is that extra layer of fatty tissue deposited under our chin that is most often caused by being overweight. Sagging skin, caused due to age or loss of skin elasticity, could also cause double chin. Genetics is another factor that causes double chin.
Often surgery (chin tucks) are done to eliminate double chin. However, such surgery comes with attendant side effects and huge costs.
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, when dealing with double chin;
- Drink plenty of water and eat foods with high water content as consuming them would reduce your body’s water retention which contributes to puffy face.
- Maintain a proper posture. Avoid slouching as much as possible.
- Maintain both a cardio exercise and strength training routine.
- Avoid consuming coffee, soft drinks, and alcohol.
- When massaging the chin, use upward strokes and not circular motions.
Below are 33 home remedies, natural treatments, and exercises for treating double chins;
1. Wheat Germ Oil
You can easily get rid of your double chin with a regular massage using wheat germ oil. The vitamin E content of the oil nourishes and tightens the skin in an incredible way. Wheat germ oil would also improve skin elasticity and reduce saggy skin of the double chin effectively. Rub a little of this oil on your chin and neck area. Then, massage in gentle upward strokes for 12-15 minutes. Do this before going to bed every night and leave it on your skin overnight.
2. Lose Weight
If you are overweight, you might consider losing some weight to attain an ideal body. It will help you get rid of the fat present in your body while reducing the double chin which is often caused by deposition of fat in the chin area. Get assistance from a physical trainer to effectively lose weight and achieve a healthy body weight.
3. Egg Whites
Egg whites have an innate quality that tightens sagging skin, especially around your face and neck region. It boosts the skin with proteins and prevents aging and sagging. Take 2 egg whites and mix it with one tablespoon, each, of honey, milk and lemon juice. Then, add a little peppermint oil and whisk well. Spread this mask on your chin and neck area and let it stay for 30 minutes. Use lukewarm water to rinse off your skin thereafter. You can also make a mask using egg whites, vinegar and Epsom salt.
Add a tbsp of Epsom salt to about 1 tbsp of glycerin. Mix well and add a little peppermint oil. Dip a cotton ball in it and apply it evenly to your chin and neck area. Let it stay for a few minutes and rinse off when the skin absorbs the mask. Repeat it 3-5 times weekly. Glycerin is a great ingredient to improve the skin’s elasticity, hence this remedy will help you get rid of your sagging skin that appears as a double chin.
5. Regular Exercise
A regular exercise will help you maintain an ideal body weight which aids in reducing the double chin in a natural way. If you live a sedentary lifestyle, you are more likely to develop a double chin. Light physical activities such as jogging, cycling, swimming and even brisk walking are sufficient to keep a check on your growing weight. Keep yourself active by joining fitness groups or hiring a physical trainer.
6. Green Tea
Green tea helps you reduce the double chin by reducing your overall body weight. Usually, a double chin is caused due to increased body weight. Green tea boosts the metabolism and speeds up weight loss in a unique way. Drink a few cups of green tea every day to lose weight while boosting your body with beneficial antioxidants that help in reducing skin damage due to free radicals.
7. Jaw Stopper Exercise
This simple exercise can effectively reduce double chin when done on a regular basis. Sit comfortably on a chair and move your jaws in an up and down motion. Make sure you keep your lips closed so that the chin muscles get a good workout. You will have to take deep breaths while exhaling slowly when performing this exercise.
8. Melon (Honeydew)
Melon is an excellent skin toner and may assist in reducing the emerging double chin effectively. It contains a huge amount of water along with various minerals and vitamins to boost skin health. Melons are also high in antioxidants that neutralize free radicals. Extract some fresh melon juice and apply it to your neck and chin area with the help of a cotton ball. Let it stay for 15-20 minutes and wash off with water thereafter. You may also add some apple juice in it to make it more effective.
9. Vitamin E
Increasing your vitamin E levels can reduce your double chin in an excellent way. Vitamin E improves the elasticity of the skin and reduces aging and sagging. Include foods that are naturally rich in vitamin E, such as green leafy vegetables, wheat germ oil, brown rice, dairy products, liver, beans, peanuts, soybeans, nuts and seeds, barley and legumes, to your diet. You may also take a multivitamin supplement to increase your vitamin E intake. Make sure you see a doctor before taking any supplement.
10. Tongue Press
This exercise helps in tightening and toning the chin muscles. Stand straight and slowly start looking up towards the ceiling. Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth and press it a little. Now slowly lower your chin near to your chest. Hold on for a few minutes and return back to your initial position. Repeat this a few times every day.
Chamomile is a beneficial herb that would help you get rid of your double chin in an effective way. It contains levomenol which is an anti-inflammatory agent that helps in maintaining the elasticity of the skin. Chamomile also has a moisturizing effect on the skin. Drink a few cups of chamomile tea every day to see your double chin vanish.
12. Olive Oil
Take some warm olive oil and rub it in your chin area. Massage the area using upwards motion for about 20 minutes to improve the elasticity of the skin. Besides moisturizing your skin, olive oil also helps in fighting damage caused by free radicals thanks to its high antioxidant properties. Massage the oil every morning for a smooth and youthful skin.
13. Chin Wraps
If you want an immediate effect, try a chin wrap. Simply pour some mineral oil into your palms and rub your hands to warm it slightly. Apply this oil to your chin area and use a plastic wrap to cover the area. Take a towel and soak it in warm water. Then, remove excess water and wrap it around the plastic wrap. Let it stay for 45 minutes. As you remove the plastic wrap, you will notice a reduction in sagging skin. Repeat it again after a few weeks to keep your double chin in check.
Yoga is an effective answer to numerous of your health and skin problems. Yoga improves circulation, tones your body and helps you remove excess fat from any part of your body. Poses such as Pavanmuktasana, Dhanurasana and Bhujangasana are considered great for toning the chin muscles and get rid of double chin in a fast and effective way. Perform these asanas every day for satisfactory results.
15. Healthy Eating
Eating unhealthy food will not only make you deficient in vitamins and minerals but also increase your weight causing a double chin. To prevent this, try to eat a healthy and balanced diet with every meal. Include foods rich in fibers and proteins to stay healthy and maintain an ideal body weight. Avoid eating junk food and always rely on green vegetables, low-fat dairy and lean cuts of meat.
16. Sugar-Free Chewing Gum
Chewing a sugar-free gum several times in a day can help you get rid of your double chin gradually. The chewing action tones and tightens the facial muscles and shapes up your chin. Make sure you chew a sugar-free gum to avoid consuming unnecessary calories from sugar present in the gum.
17. Do A Head-Lift
A head-lift also works out the chin muscles toning them in a great way. Simply lie down on your back with your head on the bed’s edge. Curl up your head towards your chest while lifting it up. Make sure you do not lift your shoulders. Hold this position for 8-10 seconds and return back. Repeat it a few times every day.
18. Stay Hydrated
Proper hydration is essential for a healthy skin. Staying hydrated improves the elasticity of the skin and reduces sagginess. Keep drinking water to reduce any stress on your skin. Substitute sweetened beverages with plain water. It not only prevents your skin from drying but also flushes out toxins from your body.
19. Rethink Your Hairstyle
A few hairstyles can play a trick to make you double chin less visible. So, rethinking your hairstyle can instantly make your double chin disappear. A long hair can draw attention towards your chin area. Hair resting on your shoulder, or close to your chin, is a big NO NO as this will draw all the attention towards the problem area. Try having an angel haircut or a long bob that goes well in minimizing attention from your double chin. A layered wave style will also enhance your looks while making your chin less prominent.
20. Cover Up With A Beard
Men can easily cover up their double chin with a beard until the other remedies help you lose the double chin naturally. Grow the beard long enough to hide the double chin. Keep it groomed in a neat way to draw away any attention from the chin.
21. Maintain A Good Posture
A good posture is essential in keeping fat from accumulating in flabby skin areas. This is the reason why not having a straight position may lead to fat accumulation in your chin area and cause double chin. Stop slouching, keep your spine uncurved, head straight and shoulder pulled back to maintain a good posture. You may increase your physical activities to correct your posture.
22. Avoid Choker Necklaces
If you have a double chin, choker necklaces is not a wise choice. It will enhance your double chin and make it more prominent. Moreover, it can be uncomfortable to wear it if you have a double chin. Choose regular necklaces and match with your dress to add style without drawing attention towards your chin.
Smiling will not only keep you happy and youthful but also free from a double chin. It tones the chin muscles and reduces sagginess from that area in a great way. Make yourself smile often to reduce double chin. You may also take chopsticks and stretch your lips to workout the chin and cheek muscles and attain a sleeker look.
24. Reduce Calorie Intake
Counting calories would be beneficial in helping you lose your double chin. If you lower your calorie intake while exercising regularly, to burn more calories than you consume, you would eventually get rid of your overall body fat. This would also help in removing the fat in your double chin. Thus, reducing your chin size. Avoid processed foods and replace them with fruits and vegetables. Lightly cook the vegetables in less oil to reduce your calorie intake.
25. Neck Rotation Exercise
Fat tends to accumulate around the chin and neck area because of lack of proper exercise. You may start seeing loose chin muscles and sagging of the skin which results in a double chin. Gently rotate your neck in a slow motion in both clockwise and anti-clockwise directions to tone the neck and chin muscles and get rid of double chin.
26. Use Makeup
Although it is a temporary remedy, makeup can easily cover a double chin and effortlessly make your face appear sleek. Take a face powder that is a shade darker than your actual skin tone. Apply it to your jawline and blend it from eye to eye and the chin. You make also use loud eye make up to grab attention more toward the eyes than the chin area. Wear lipsticks with neutral shades to minimize attention from the chin area. Dark colored lipsticks may enhance the chin making your double chin more visible to others.
27. Try Jaw Push
Exercising your chin by pushing your jaw forward may help you get rid of your double chin in no time. This exercise is also known as the pigeon-face. All you have to do is place your thumb on one side of your jaw beneath the jaw bone. Now touch the other corner of your jaw with your index finger. Gently press both the fingers and push your face forward. Stay in this position for 25-30 second and return back. Repeat this several times, a day, to see effective results.
28. Perform Side Neck Stretch
The side neck stretch is another great neck workout that helps in reducing double chin. Start by sitting on the floor and putting your left hand on the floor away from your hips. Now wrap your right arm around your head by bringing it to the left side of your head. Press your head towards the right shoulder with the help of your palm. Take off your left hand from the floor and hold your upper arm with it. Stay in this position for 10 seconds and repeat with the other side. Do it 10 times to tone up your chin muscles.
29. Milk Cream Massage
Milk cream can deeply moisturize your skin and increase its elasticity. It also contains vitamin D and a great amount of calcium that reduces skin aging and sagging. Simply apply milk on your chin area with the help of a cotton ball and massage gently. Rinse off with lukewarm water. You may also mix some honey with it to reap its skin beautifying benefits.
30. Tennis Ball Exercise
A tennis ball can easily help in exercising and toning your chin and jaw muscles. It prevents sagging of the skin and development of the double chin. Hold a tennis ball with your chin against your chest and press it firmly with your chin. Release the pressure to come back to your initial position. Perform, this exercise, at least 10 times every day for fast and effective results.
31. Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter aids in improving the elasticity of the skin and prevents sagging. When used on a regular basis, it will nourish your skin and tighten it in a natural way. Cocoa butter also reduces excess fat deposited in your face and chin. Put cocoa butter in a bowl and slightly heat it in a microwave. Then, apply it on your chin and massage it using gentle strokes for several minutes. Doing this every day, before taking a shower as well as at bedtime, will ensure a perfectly toned chin.
A study, published in International Journal Of Cosmetic Science in October 2008, concluded that cocoa polyphenols positively enhance skin restructuring. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18822039)
32. Pout And Tilt Exercise
Start by sticking your lips out to form a pout. Place your finger on your chin and stay in this position for a few seconds. While keeping your lips out, slowly bring your chin towards your chest without bending your upper back. Again hold in this position for a few seconds and return back while relaxing your lips and chin muscles.
33. Wear Broad Neckline Clothes
What you wear has a direct impact on how you appear and what features of your body you want to highlight. Avoid wearing high neck clothes as it may make your double chin more prominent. Also, avoid dresses with fancy detailing. Always choose dresses with a broad neckline to draw away attention from your double chin.
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