Do you have a double chin? Here are a few tips to get rid of it.
Mother Nature's done a lot of good stuff, but one thing we could have done
without is gravity. Since the day we stepped into our late teens, gravity has
been pulling us down. And of all our body parts, none is more gravity-sensitive
than the neck. Put on just a little weight, a few years, and the next time you
look into the mirror you'll see a pudgy layer of flesh hanging below your chin.
Ugh! The Birth of the Double Chin! What's even worse is you don't need to be
overweight to get a double chin a lot of skinnies have them too, if their
jawline is not very sharp and they don't exercise regularly.
From a health perspective, there's nothing dangerous about a double chin unless
you are seriously overweight. Even then, the double chin is just a symptom of
obesity, not a problem. But harmless or not, we women still find double chins
unattractive. Getting rid of a double chin is not all that easy. The standard
rules apply. Get regular aerobic exercise. Eat less fat and stay clear of crash
diets, which do more harm than good. Here are some spot reducing exercises,
which should help, but you will see better results if you combine them with a
regular exercise programme.
Tilt your head back and open your mouth as though you were biting into an apple.
Do this exercise 10-15 times every day for a firm chin and neck. And if you've
always liked chewing gum, you've now got a perfect excuse. Chewing is good
exercise for your jaw and chin muscles.
Stick out your tongue! If you enjoy pulling faces, you'll love this exercise.
Extend your tongue to the tip of your nose. If you can't get there, go as far as
you can. Repeat about 30 times.
Dip a few ice cubes in a mug of water and slap your neck and the area under your
chin with this ice cold water. Do this about 15 times.
Apply cold cream under your chin and stroke your neck from the base of your
throat to your chin, with your fingers. Use firm, quick strokes.
1. Rotate neck slowly in a clockwise direction, and then alternate in an
2. Lie on your back with your shoulders lifted slightly off the floor. Rotate
your head to the left and then right. Tilt your head reaching as far back with
your neck as possible, keeping your shoulders slightly arched. Then tilt your
chin forward toward your chest. Do this about 10 times.
3. Contract and relax your neck muscles. This firms your neck muscles and can be
done any time of the day, at any place.
If you can't lose it, hide it!
Here are some great tricks:
* Long hair draws attention to your neck - which is just fine if you have a
long, graceful neck. But if you don't, the best cuts are those which end at or
above the jawline. Short hair gives the illusion of a longer neck.
* Wear dresses with low necklines. Avoid turtlenecks like plague. Open, broad
necklines are more flattering for women with double chins.
* Avoid chokers. Stick to long necklaces or those which sit at the base of the
throat, but have drops.
* If you apply foundation, apply one shade darker to the area below your chin.
Blend it well with the rest of your face. This will draw attention away from
* Cosmetic surgery should be a last resort. If you've tried everything else, and
have money to burn, you can have your neck 'sculpted'. The plastic surgeon will
make a tiny cut under your chin, suck out the fat that has collected there and
sew the edges together.
* Walk Tall: Hold your head high while you walk and keep your chin up. A good
posture also makes your neck look more graceful and draws attention away from
your double chin.