A double chin occurs when the platysma muscle becomes slack and loses mass. This can make you appear to be middle aged, and also rather unhealthy. Obesity can contribute to a double chin, and losing weight can help. If you also give the flaccid chin muscles regular exercise, they will gain strength and increase mass; this will diminish the appearance of an unsightly double chin. According to Deborah Crowley, who developed the Flex Effect Facial Resistance exercise program, results should be visible within just two weeks when you exercise face muscles daily.
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Form a loose fist. Place your hand under your chin, with the knuckles of the fist positioned in the indent where your neck meets the chin. Force your lower jaw open, causing resistance with your fist. Hold the pose for approximately 30 seconds and relax.
Lie face up on the floor or a similar flat surface. Slowly lift your head, and touch your chest with your chin, without raising your shoulders. Return your head to the ground. Start with 10 repetitions per day, gradually working your way up to 50 reps as the muscles become stronger.
Sit or stand comfortably with your spine erect. Tilt your head back as far as possible. Open and close your mouth, feeling the platysma muscle--which begins underneath your chin and continues down the neck--stretch and become taut as you close your mouth. Repeat for two minutes or until you tire.
Sit on a chair with your head tilted back. Look to the ceiling while puckering your lips, and with as much force as you can muster, attempt to kiss the ceiling. When performed correctly, you will feel the skin covering the jowls and neck become taut. Hold the pose for 20 seconds, relax and repeat one more time.
Slap the entire chin area. Using the backs of your index and middle fingers, slap underneath your chin. Start gently, then increase speed and pressure. Continue for two minutes at a time. This will stimulate circulation and oxygen supply to the area, which will improve skin tone and aid cell rejuvenation.
Use makeup to disguise your double chin. Apply foundation, face powder and concealer to cover blemishes and imperfections; then using a wide blusher brush, apply a bronzer that is a shade darker than your face powder along the jawline and under the chin.
- “Flex Effect Facial Resistance Training”; Deborah Crowley; 1998
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- “Five Minute Face Lift”; Reinhold Benz; 1994