One of the most common questions I have been asked over the last 16 years of teaching Face Yoga is how to reduce a double chin?
Some of the more common causes of a double chin include aging (as we age the collagen in our bodies starts to deplete, which is what keeps our skin firm), weight gain, loss of muscle tone, simple genetics, and posture.
Today, I want to look at some exercises you can do right now if you’re particularly prone to a double chin or just want a more toned lower face naturally. Here are some exercises you can do that will help keep this area looking tight and firm.
Before we start
Remember, these exercises and techniques are not a substitute for any medical advice and, also, if you feel any pain while you’re doing these movements, please stop immediately.
I also often talk about the fact that you can’t spot-reduce fat and perform exercises to make it go away. You can’t just pick one area and decide that you want to burn fat from there. It’s about overall weight loss and a healthy eating plan if the double chin is due to excess fat.
However, there are exercises and tips that you can do to tone up the muscles in these areas in just a few minutes a day. They can help to drain any excess fluid build up that you might have in that area too.
We will do this through simple exercises and massage, which I’m going to share with you now.
You’ll want to make sure that your face and hands are clean before starting. Ideally, you’ll want to use an oil-based facial serum to help your fingers glide easily over your skin as you perform the non-surgical movements around your chin and neck area.
Facial Massage Routine For Reducing a Double Chin Naturally
Before we dive into the exercises for reducing a double chin, it’s important that you take note of your posture. We spend so long sitting down, slouching, looking around for our phones, and down at our phones, this causes the chin and neck area to get quite saggy.
The chin area is also a problem area for fluid buildup, so we want to make sure that we have a long yet relaxed posture as we complete these exercises.
Create a good posture
Start by bringing the shoulders into a nice, neutral position. Lengthen the spine, imagining there is a string going up through the top of your head to the ceiling. By really pulling everything upwards makes a huge difference to the exercises you’re about to do.
And once you do that you can also take a couple of deep breaths in through the nose and then out through the nose as well.
Now you’re ready to get started with exercises to help reduce a double chin naturally.
1: Head tilt
Once you’ve got your correct posture, start by tilting your head back so that you’re looking up at the ceiling. If you can’t tilt your head this far back, simply go as far back as you can. If it hurts to tilt your head back, simply keep your head in a neutral position.
The next thing to do is to keep your mouth closed and bring the tip of your tongue up and down to the roof of your mouth, at about a rate of one per second.
Do this exercise for one minute a day.
2: Finger taps
The next exercise we can do to help reduce a double chin is to take our hands and place our fingers along our jawline on either side.
Use the back of the hands and tap along the jawline with your fingers in quick succession. This will tighten up the skin in this area.
Again, you can do this exercise for one minute a day.
3: Finger hook
Once you’ve finished with the finger tapping, the next exercise you can do to help reduce fluid buildup around the chin area is to make two hooks out of your index and middle finger.
Simply bend those fingers and take either hand and run your jawline between those two fingers, like a hook.
Start at the base of your chin and draw your finger hook back towards your ears.
Just slide across and lift off slightly at the ear. This is a really lovely way to release the fluid build up in this area.
You can repeat this movement for one minute per day.
4: Finger hook into neck slide
Once you’ve done the finger hook slide a few times, you can extend this movement by gently
sliding the fingers down your neck and across your collarbone where you simply “lift-off” at the edge of the shoulder.
So we’re just extending the previous exercise into a little bit more so we can get a lymphatic drain happening.
And again, you can do this for about one minute per day.
So with all four of these techniques, you’re able to really tighten and tone the chin and neck area, while also draining any fluid build-up you might have. Remember to maintain your posture all the way through as well.
By doing these four exercises for just four minutes a day, combined with a healthy eating plan, you’ll tone up the lower face area.
And that’s it! If you prefer to follow along with a video, I’ve filmed this entire routine and it is available via my YouTube channel.