Ever seen a film actress with a double chin for long enough?
Because they fight hard to get rid of it.
And you can do the same.
We will discuss all the non-surgical/non-invasive ways of doing that in this blog. But before that, we need to understand what exactly it is and what its causes are.
What is a double chin?
Ever heard of the submental area?
It is the fascial space of the neck and head; area under the chin. A double chin is formed when a layer of fat is deposited in this area, which is known as submental fat.
The skin loses its tightness and sags that makes you appear over-aged as a result.
Although double chin is majorly associated with obesity, weight gain and aging (which are the cases usually) but even skinny people can have it. There are many other reasons for its occurrence.
What are the causes of double chin
We will be starting with the most basic and common ones first.
1. Increase in the weight
When you gain fat, it is bound to reach every body part, including your face and neck. And because the submental area is not that big, even the slightest fat deposition would be decipherable.
For example, you can easily shield some extra pounds on your tummy and hips with loose clothing but there is little you can do to with a double chin.
2. Aging effect
And this is natural. You can’t escape the effect of aging on your skin. As you grow older, the skin starts losing its elasticity and tightness because collagens production declines.
The skin on the chin sags, muscles can’t hold the skin as before and it appears as a double chin.
Although the aging process is unavoidable but bad habits like smoking, excessive drinking, lack of proper diet and exercise will make you age quickly.
3. Genetic effect
If most of the people in your family have it, you are going to make peace with the fact that the same is going to happen with you.
You can’t escape genetics!
There is not any single gene responsible for a double chin: you can have it probably if people in your family carry fat under their chin, have less elastic skin or are generally inclined towards weight gain.
4. Thyroid gland problem
Sometimes your thyroid gland can produce excess thyroid hormone which causes lumps under the chin. This is called Hypothyroidism.
5. Crushing Syndrome
It is a medical condition in which swelling and fatty depositions occur around the face and neck. Commonly caused by the use of steroids, it can also occur from excess secretion of cortisol by adrenal glands.
6. Bad posture
This is the only non-medical reason.
And it is giving rise to the double chin occurrence in modern times at a fast rate.
If you spend long hours on your cellphone, laptop or any other electronic gadget, you tend to bend your head for a long time.
This weakens the platysma muscles which reduces the tightness around the jaws and neck and jowls develop.
To avoid this, try using these devices with a straight head and listening to calls on your smartphones via hands-free.
Non-invasive ways of getting rid of double chin
Bidding farewell to a double chin without surgery or treatments is possible! It won’t generate immediate results but are effective for sure.
If you are committed and regular, you will see a transformation in your face within a month or two.
Indulging in relevant exercises is the most effective method to get rid of a double chin fast. It is a game of muscles and exercises can tone up and strengthen your muscles real nice.
Furthermore, you can immerse in the excitement of double chin exercise before and after pictures by viewing it yourself or showing it to your friends.
So, ready to dive in.
i. Reach your nose
Stick out your tongue and try touching your nose with it. Keep the tongue “struck out” for 10-15 seconds until you feel a stretch on your chin. Do five reps.
You can’t actually touch your nose with your tongue because you are no cow:p
But it’s worth doing it for your double chin.
ii. Neck stretch
Tilt your head back and look at the ceiling. Try touching the nose with your tongue for 5-10 seconds. Do as many reps a day as you like.
iii. Jaw jut
With your head straight, move it towards the right side and jut your jaw (protrude forward the lower jaw). Hold for 8-10 seconds and repeat it for the left side. Do 5-10 reps a day.
iv. Kiss the sky
Sit and hold back your head so that it is facing towards the ceiling or sky. Now make a face posture as if you are kissing the sky. Stretch the lips as much as you can until you start feeling a strain in your chin.
This would normally take 10-30 seconds. Do five reps and repeat the exercise 2-3 times a day.
v. Lion’s yawn
Stand in a relaxed posture in front of the mirror. Slowly open your mouth and pull out your tongue as much as possible.
The muscles of the face, neck and chin should feel the stretch while doing this exercise. Do this for 10-15 seconds and repeat it ten times a day.
vi. Fill in the air
This exercise includes inhaling a puff of air and moving it from one side of the mouth to another, just like you are cleansing your face. Do this for at least a minute and then expel the air.
Do five reps and repeat this exercise 3-4 times a day. This movement will also slow down the appearance of wrinkles on your face; hence your face will age slowly.
vii. Puffy cheeks
You get the gist of it just from the name, right!
Inhale a puff of air, close your mouth and puff up your cheeks. Press each cheek with one hand and hold this position for 4-5 seconds before exhaling the air. Repeat it for 5-6 times a day.
viii. Sway and open
Start by sitting straight. Then move your face in the right direction with chin up. Wait for 3-4 seconds before opening and closing your mouth 5-6 times.
After this, move the face towards the left side and repeat it. The movement should make a semi-circle.
Do five reps each day. This tones up the chin and neck muscles and enhances their elasticity.
ix. Fish face
Suck in your cheeks so that your lips replicates a fish face. Hold this position and try to smile. Do this for 10 seconds or till you start feeling a slight burn in your jaw. Repeat it for 3-4 times a day.
You would certainly forget to do every exercise in a day but don’t worry. Be focused and you would be fine within a week.
2. Lymphatic Drainage Massage
To strengthen the face, jaw and chin muscles, a lymphatic massage is nothing less than a blessing. Lymphatic ginger oil is a natural solution for spider veins, varicose veins, swelling and sore muscles.
As problematic lymph nodes can cause swelling on face and chin, this massage is a direct treatment for your double chin.
You need to lie down straight with tongue struck out in a “reach your nose” position as long as you can. The person doing the massage should massage upwards from chin to the earlobe using the palm of the hands (middle and index finger).
The movement should be gentle but firm.
3. Gua Sha & Jade Roller
Another method of lymphatic massage is through a jade roller and gua sha set. Roll it firmly upward from the jaw to the eyes. This lifts the skin, provides a calming cooling effect and stagnant lymph passages are cleared.
4. Use A Neckline Slimming Tool
And if you disapprove or hate doing exercises or massages, tools such as neckline slimmers can work wonders for you.
It is quite simple:
You need to place the equipment between your neck and jaw and try opening and closing the mouth. The resistance of the spring tones up the muscles and tightens up the sagging skin below the chin.
It shapes up the neckline so that your face appears photogenic on camera and gives a sharp face side view which Hollywood actresses so elegantly flaunt with.
You can do it while cleaning the kid’s room, driving, or at the office.
It is also effective for atrophied neck muscles.
5. Double chin masks
And when you think you have seen all the non-invasive ways of getting rid of a double chin, these v-line masks come in the limelight with great effect.
Introduced by the Korean Beauty Gurus, these revolutionary masks answer the long-asked question
“HOW TO GET RID OF DOUBLE CHIN FAST?”
It provides instant face and chin lift and is also infused with firming ingredients like collagen and Vitamin E.
Together, they stretch up the skin, reduces facial fat and stimulates cell regeneration. Another excellent quality of these masks is the fact that you can use it while doing household chores.
So why shouldn’t you? Don’t you deserve to look hot and elegant?
6. Keep a healthy diet
And if your double chin is due to obesity, controlling the intake of unsaturated fat and unhealthy food to establish weight loss could help it a great deal.
We all know which foods can contribute the most towards weight gain; there’s a plethora of online material on that.
You need to keep yourself away from:
- Unsaturated fats
- Excess fried food
- Lack of sleep
- Sugary meals
And include these in your lifestyle for weight loss:
- Lean protein
- Fruits and vegetables
- Daily exercise (HIIT, swimming, cycling)
7. An easy hack for males
If the males want to get rid of this, they can simply grow a beard!
Beard is in trend right now and women also like men with beards. It is assertive, gives a manly look, and improves your personality.
And the greatest advantage:
No double chin for others to see.
8. How to get rid of double chin with makeup
It is not exactly a method to get rid of a double chin, instead, it is a way of hiding it. The right strokes of the makeup brush can de-emphasize your jowl lines and establish a sharp neck contour.
Here are some of the smartest ways:
- Highlight other features of the face to lose focus from the double chin. You could insert a noticeable black Mascara or a prominent eyeshadow makeup to have a ravishing pair of eyes.
Or a sharp (but acceptable) blush and bronzer.
- Contour and enhance your jawline because it creates an illusion of a slim chin. To do that, you can use a concealer and draw a contour from the outer end of the face (down from the ears), through the jawline, till the center of the chin.
- Do not have hairstyles that end near your chin as it would make the chin appear bigger. Either go for a ponytail or bun and if you have long hair, simply let them hand behind you.
If you like short hair, choose the bob cut without thinking twice. It’s both stylish and easy maintenance.
9. Clothing tips for your double chin
Wearing the right type of clothes and accessories can also help you hide your double chin and have perfect photographs. In fact, this is another of the top tips actors follow to hide their double chins in photographs.
- Turtlenecks could be a perfect go-to outfit for you until the occasion you are going to is not very flamboyant or stylish.
- Different scarves are not meant for insulation only. Like turtlenecks, they can conceal your double chin completely.
- If you are comfortable, show off your neckline with dresses that have sweetheart, strapless, off-shoulder or deep V necklines.
- Opt for accessories that hang down your neck and that it doesn’t have beads or stones near the chin area, rather on the lower end. You can also go for Bohemian style earrings.
Such accessories would take the attention away from the chin.
How to get rid of double chin in pictures – Tricks celebrities use to look stunning in photos
And now its time for you to examine how easily you can avoid the capturing of a double chin in photos.
Celebs all around the world use some tricks to look stunning and show off in front of the camera with double chin removal poses.
So, what are they?
1. Raise your tongue like Blake Lively
We bet you didn’t know she had a double chin because she shields it ever so smartly.
She touches her tongue to the roof of her mouth so that the chin and neck muscles are contracted and chin is lifted upwards.
2. Chin up or down in photos
The Italian beauty, Monica Belluci uses the trick of raising her chin up and tilting the head slightly towards one side.
You can try the same posture. This would make your pose natural while tightening the area around your chin as well.
3. Show your tongue
You would have seen plenty of Megan Fox’s photos where she is twisting, turning or sticking out her tongue. It’s one of her ways of tightening the face muscles and looking sexy at the same time.
You can do the same, less boldly by simply opening your mouth to a certain extent and showing your teeth or tongue.
4. Smile widely
Julia Roberts smiles widely to extend her lips which pulls her facial muscles upwards and sideways.
Britney Spears is another double chin celeb but she poses with a toothy grin almost always that makes her appear mesmerizing in photos.
5. Jut the jaw
We mentioned it in the exercise section above. You can simply extend your lower jaw to stretch your chin and make your double chin less visible.
6. Get photographed with a side pose
Side poses are great; they highlight your cheekbone and nose and hide your fat chin. You can also smile and raise your chin upwards for a more stylish pose.
That was long but hopefully helpful.
The reason why we have discussed only the non-invasive ways is because many people can’t afford medical treatments like lipolysis and Mesotherapy.
The discussed methods are proven techniques of getting rid of a double chin. See our Health & Beauty Blogs for more informative stories.