It is a sad fact that double chins only look good on the two-and-under crowd. For the rest of us, it is usually not a look we want to rock. What makes the double chin even more frustrating is that it sneaks up on you regardless of your body type, lurking as an unwelcome feature on your neck, and being virtually impossible to conceal no matter how you angle your head. That dratted double chin is not only unflattering in photos, but it can add decades to your appearance, and is also notoriously difficult to eliminate. Is there no hope?
Never say never, ladies! If you want it gone, we’re here to help. Here are some tips we’ve found that might aid you in getting rid of that double chin for good.
Why do double chins exist?
First up, you’ll want to know some background on the double chin. The first step to annihilating your enemy is to understand it from the inside out, right? So, what is it?
Simply put, it is a pesky layer of subcutaneous fat around the neck that sags, exacerbated by weak neck muscles. The double chin is actually a problem that is three-fold: excess fat stored under the chin, weak neck muscles, and loose skin.
Lifestyle habits, what products best help to reduce that jawline, targeted facial exercises, what aesthetic treatments are effective – we’ve got all the answers you want to know. With something as stubborn as a double chin, it really helps to attack from all angles for maximum effect!
If this guide is what you’ve been looking for, then keep reading, ladies!
1. Lifestyle habits
First up: small gestures that you do throughout the day can actually help to strengthen and tone those neck muscles.
Chewing your food carefully is one such healthy habit that works your neck muscles. Of course, it also helps in better digestion, and may even encourage weight loss.
Even better news: smiling, laughing, and talking also uses the neck muscles involved in keeping your neck firm! Now you have one more reason to stay positive and cheerful everyday.
Of course, embracing exercise as part of your lifestyle would help to reduce overall fat. If you are fortunate and gain and lose weight quickly around the face, exercising will definitely help to shrink that unwanted double chin. For other people, double chins could be a result of genetics instead, so more targeted and hard-hitting methods are required.
Another often overlooked habit that would help in eliminating that double chin is a thorough application of sunscreen on your face and neck. Protecting your neck from sun damage helps to keep it firmer, and reduces the chances of worsening your double chin.
2. Chin-lifting products
Once you’ve got some good habits going, you’ll want to invest in some of these products to help maximise your efforts in getting rid of that double chin. Keeping your neck and face hydrated will also ensure that the skin remains plump and taut, eliminating the overall appearance of your double chin.
Whether your weapon of choice is a cream, serum, or mask, there is something for everyone here. Have a look at our selection below:
Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Lipo Drain Serum
This serum is specially formulated for Asian ladies, and contains a complex of three plant extracts that targets puffiness and excess fat in the face and neck: Baccharin to define facial contours, Horse Chestnut to reduce puffiness, and Blue Button Flower that reduces trapped fat.
You’ll definitely want to read the attached leaflet to learn more about their recommended 2-minute manual lifting method – users have tried it, and swear by it for working wonders.
Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Lipo Drain Serum retails for SGD 79 on Lazada.
Innisfree Soybean Energy Neck Cream
Fans of K-beauty products, this is for you! This cream is non-sticky and lightweight, and therefore a breeze to apply and leave on. It contains highly concentrated fermented Jeju soybean extract that replenishes your skin’s moisture and keeps it firm.
Apply this at night in an upward motion, and give yourself a gentle neck and jaw massage while you are at it.
Innisfree Soybean Energy Neck Cream retails for SGD 28 at Innisfree stores.
Bliss Thinny Thin Chin Neck Firming Cream
This is a cult favourite among beauty bloggers and Instagrammers. This citrus-scented cream promises to firm, tone and hydrate your chin and neck skin, and has a lifting effect on your chin.
The key ingredients are algae extracts and pullulan, which have the ability to significantly tighten the skin. Other ingredients include pumpkin seed extract, evening primrose, sunflower seed oil, yeast and urea. Massage this into your skin two times day.
Bliss Thinny Thin Chin Neck Firming Cream retails for SGD 65 on LookFantastic.
This is a really clever neck-lifting and firming home-kit which has been designed to provide instant and very visible results within half an hour.
The makers promise that the results can last for up to five days and can be easily maintained with regular use of this mask.
It contains Vitamin E, Corum 9235, Q10 Coenzyme, Hyaluronic Acid and SkinTronics, all of which work together to improve blood circulation and improve the contours of your face.
ChinUp Mask is available on Qoo10.
3. Facial exercises
Are you already working out five days every week, and seeing those kilos drop from other parts of your body – except your face!
If this sounds like you, you’ll want to start doing these two things regularly: a gentle face massage to keep those neck lymph nodes clear, and facial exercises that specifically tone your neck and jaw muscles.
We’ve sussed out simple exercises you can do without interrupting your normal day to day routine! You can easily do them when you’re taking a break from work, or even when you are in a phone call. No more excuses, ladies.
Kiss the Ceiling
Stand and tilt your head back, looking up at the ceiling. Pucker your lips and basically “kiss the ceiling.”
Keep your lips puckered for five seconds. Relax your head and lips. Repeat this 10 times.
Stick Your Tongue Out
Facing forward, open your mouth wide. Count to five and stick your tongue out slowly until you cannot extend it further.
Return the tongue to your mouth over another five seconds. Repeat this 10 times.
Roll that Neck
Stand and drop your chin forward to your chest. Slowly turn your head to the right. Hold your head for a five count.
Slowly rotate your head back down until your chin touches your chest. Continue and rotate your head to the left. Hold your head for a five count. Repeat this 30 times.
Tongue on Teeth
While standing up straight, open your mouth as wide as possible. Place the tip of your tongue against the inside of your bottom row of teeth. Inhale through your teeth.
Exhale while making an “ahh” sound. Continue this 15 times. Relax.
While facing forward, carefully slap your lower jaw with the back of your hand with a fluttering motion. Don’t be too hard or too soft. Repeat this at a constant pace 30 times.
When it comes to losing weight in general, the change has to begin from within. You are ultimately what you eat, and it shows on your body – yes, the double chin does not lie!
Eating clean is the key to bidding a permanent farewell to that unwanted flab. That means less sugar and processed foods, because these tend to stick around on your body in visible areas. You should also reduce your intake of food high in sodium and salt, as they cause you to bloat and suffer from water retention.
You’ll also want to up your intake of good old H2O – water is the elixir of youth! It not only maximises your body’s metabolism, but also keeps your skin hydrated, plump and supple, reducing the appearance of sagging skin at the neck.
Drinking liquids high in antioxidants such as green tea, cucumber and celery juices are also helpful to flush out toxins and keep your lymphatic system running smoothly. Any slight congestion in your lymph nodes will show up visibly on your neck area.
Your neck area is extremely susceptible to minor changes because the skin is so delicate, so you really need to eat well to rid yourself of that double chin for good.
5. Aesthetic treatments
If you have already tried all the above but find that the chin is not budging, you may want to consider going for some non-invasive aesthetic treatments. All of these have minimal side-effects with little to no downtime, and don’t involve any surgical procedures.
Do also note that you’ll still need to make changes to your lifestyle and your diet if you really want to maintain your physique after these treatments. Ready? Let’s go!
This is a fat-freezing treatment that can specifically target the chin. CoolSculpting is already a well-established treatment that slims tummies and thighs, and CoolSculpting Mini works in the same way. Fat cells in the chin are specifically cooled to a temperature where they are easily destroyed.
It can take up to three months for the full results to be seen, so you have to be patient and sit out the days following where you may experience some slight discomfort in the neck, as your fat cells are being metabolised naturally by your body.
Thermage works best on skin that is not too loose, as it is essentially a treatment that tightens the skin with radio-frequency waves that stimulate the production of collagen. This minimises the appearance of the double chin.
There might be a slight burning sensation when the radio-waves heat up your skin, but it goes away pretty quickly. Plus, the effects are pretty long-lasting!
Recently available in Singapore, this is one of the newest kids on the block. Kybella is basically an injection that melts your fats – specifically, that small pocket of fat under your chin. A synthetic version of deoxycholic acid is injected under your chin to digest the fats there.
You’d need up to six treatments for this treatment to fully take effect, but the awesome news is that the effect seems to be permanent.
Let us know if you have any other tips, products or treatments that have worked for you to make your double chin single again. We’d love to hear from you and share them with our readers! Beauty tips, like all good things, ought to be shared, right?