When your mirror reveals that the fairest in the land has a loose, saggy chin, that unwelcome image can make you look and feel older. For some people, dietary adjustments may help improve the situation, while for others, the issue may be hereditary. Regardless, there are ways to tighten up that turkey wattle chin through exercises and stretching.
Upright Chewing Exercise
While sitting in a chair in the upright position, tilt your head back so that you are staring straight up at the ceiling. With your lips together, start moving your mouth in a chewing motion. You will feel the muscles of your mouth and chin begin working. Perform the chewing movement 20 times, then relax. Repeat the exercise several times. You can do this exercise while standing upright, as well.
Sit upright in a chair with your head tilted back and your eyes looking straight up. Pucker your lips as if you are trying to kiss the ceiling. Hold the pucker position for five seconds, then relax. Keep your head tilted back and repeat the pucker exercise five times, resting briefly between each repetition. Focus on your mouth and chin muscles during the exercise.
While sitting or standing upright, tilt your head back so that you are staring at the ceiling. Stick out your tongue and try to stretch it so that the tip touches your chin. Even if you cannot reach, stretch the tongue as far as you comfortably can. Hold your tongue in this position for 10 seconds, then relax it again. After a brief rest, repeat the exercise. You should be able to feel the muscles in your neck tightening.
Lying Neck Stretch
Lie on your back on your bed with your head hanging off the side. Slowly raise your head upward toward your torso. Hold this position for 10 seconds, then relax. Repeat the exercise several times. If at any time you feel neck pain or discomfort, discontinue the exercise. Keep your body and neck straight throughout the exercise.
While sitting or standing in an upright position, gently rotate your head from your left shoulder to your right shoulder. Move slowly, ensuring steady movement of your neck muscles. Start off with semi-circular motions from the left shoulder, down to your chest, and up to your right shoulder. Gradually move on to full rotations all the way around from your left shoulder to the right shoulder and up and around to the start again. Repeat the exercise several times. Discontinue if you feel any discomfort.