We’re all part of the selfie generation, with Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter dominating most of our social interactions. Needless to say, we have found our perfect angles and know which side we photograph better; for all else, it’s color filters and photo editing softwares to the rescue. One of the more common touch-ups, aside from lightening dark circles and slimming out your waist, is that of contouring your face, particularly your double chin for more angular features.
As you age, your skin loses its natural elasticity and the natural production of collagen takes a beating. This causes the skin around the neck and chin to sag, as early as in your late 20s. Also, if you’ve ever battled the bulge, the double chin sighting is all-too-familiar. So while you’re busy working out your tummy, thighs and arms at the gym, don’t forget to bust out some moves to tone the sternocleidomastoid and platysma too—the muscles that make up your neck. Here’s a step-by-step:
Sitting with your back straight and shoulders down, tilt your head back so that you are looking at the ceiling. Forcefully, press your tongue flat to the roof of your mouth. Now, lower your chin to your chest as far as possible, without rounding your upper back. You should feel your chin and the front of your neck contract. Once you’ve done so, relax your tongue and straighten your neck to return to the starting position. That’s one rep. Repeat this exercise to do 2 sets of 20 reps each.
Kiss The Ceiling
Standing tall with your arms by your sides, tilt your head back so that you are looking at the ceiling. Now, pretend you’re trying to kiss the ceiling by puckering your lips and extending them as far away from your face as possible. You should feel a tightening sensation throughout your neck and chin. Hold for five seconds, then relax your lips and lower your chin to return to the starting position. That’s one rep. Repeat this exercise for 2 sets of 15 reps each.
In a seated or standing position, elongate your spine for a tall, straight back. Then, leading with your chin, slowly and gently rotate your head so it moves in a full circle from your shoulder to chest, to shoulder to back. (If full circular rotations bother your neck, stick with semi-circles moving from shoulder to shoulder.) Make sure to keep your shoulders down and back straight throughout the movement. That’s one rep. Repeat this exercise for 10 reps on each side.
With these simple exercises at your disposal, there’s no reason you can’t get in a facial workout, multiple times in a day. And who knows, next time you may not need that contouring tool after all?
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