Tired of having more than one chin? It’s one of the few things we all want LESS of.
It’s time we talk about the turkey neck in the room – that extra bit of fat hanging out under your chin.
We’re talking about that dreaded double chin.
Not only can it make us feel like we’ve aged overnight, but it also knocks our self-confidence on its ass (and then some).
Genetics, posture, and even your sleeping habits play a part in the ol’ neck and chin sitch.
So, today we’re dedicating this post to talking about the different causes of the double chin.
We’ll cover how it can affect your aging neck skin and its elasticity, and of course, the solutions to kick its double-ass to the curb.
So, grab a drink, make it a double, and let’s get to work.
9 Double Chin Causes and Solutions
Now, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty. Let’s talk about one of the most ANNOYING cosmetic issues out there – the double chin.
Whether it’s caused by genetics, diet, aging, facial structure, or poor posture, having a double chin sucks.
So, let’s discuss 10 causes of double chins and how to tackle them head-on with practical remedies.
Unfortunately, some of us are simply more prone to developing a double chin than others due to our genetic makeup. It’s just the way the cookie crumbles.
+ Mouth Breathing
Consistently breathing through your mouth instead of your nose can cause your facial muscles to weaken. This can then lead to drooping skin under the chin. For more on this, listen to Dr. Huberman’s HIM & HER Show episode.
+ Poor Posture
Believe it or not, something as simple as poor posture can contribute to extra fat and skin under the chin.
Make a conscious effort to sit and stand straight so your head and neck can align with your spine.
+ Facial Structure
For some folks, their natural facial structure includes a less-defined jawline, leaving them more prone to developing a double chin.
+ Chewing Gum
If you’re chewing gum constantly, that might lead to an overuse of the muscles in the chin and neck area. In turn, this can create a more prominent double chin.
So, try cutting back or ditching it all together.
+ Aging and Older Skin
The older you get, the older your skin gets. And as we age, we naturally lose our skin elasticity, which can contribute to sagging skin and the appearance of having two (or more) chins.
+ Misc. Health Issues
There ARE certain health issues, such as thyroid disorders or hormonal imbalances, that can contribute to forming a double chin.
For this cause (or any of the other causes listed above), you should consult with your doctor if you suspect any underlying health issues.
+ Extra Fat
Excess fat is one of the most common culprits behind a double chin.
+ Diet and Exercising
A diet high in fat and calories can contribute to excess fat storage around the body, especially under the chin.
Additionally, not getting enough exercise can slow down your metabolism, making it difficult to burn stored fat.
So, keep your diet in check and make sure you move your body every day to fight the double chin.
Jaw-Dropping Double Chin Treatments
♡ Mouth Taping
The benefits of mouth-taping are UNDENIABLE & go way behind reducing that under-chin fat. So, try mouth taping & thank us later.
♡ Face Yoga
♡ Hot Mess Ice Roller
Thankfully, you can combat this by using high-quality skincare products & tools, including our ice roller.
It can help boost circulation and firm up loose skin, giving you an instant facelift. Check out this post on what ice rolling can do for your face and neck.
♡ Pink Balls Face Massager
Also, try incorporating Lauryn’s facial massage routine into your daily skincare regimen to help nourish and firm up your skin.
♡ Air Sculpting
This minimally invasive procedure uses a laser to melt the fat under your chin before suctioning it out. It’s considered extremely safe with a very minimal recovery time.
Actually, Dr. Aaron Rollins, a prominent cosmetic surgeon for the stars, joined Lauryn and Michael on the HIM & HER Show. They talk more in-depth about air sculpting, its benefits, and how it really works. You’ll learn that non-invasive treatments like air sculpting can be super effective at targeting and destroying fat cells under the chin.
♡ Lose Weight
This one seems a bit harsh, and also a bit of a no-brainer. But as we’ve mentioned earlier, body weight is one of the main causes of a double chin. Also, now more than ever, we’re more likely to develop double chins from tech neck, considering everyone is WFH these days.
So, losing weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise can help you get rid of fat all over your body, including your chin. Just a little weight loss can make a noticeable difference, if these things are bothering you.
Not sure where to start? We get it! It can be totally overwhelming. Here are our top tips on how to stay consistent with diet & exercise.
♡ Light Therapy
We have an entire podcast episode dedicated to light therapy where we feature one of our fave tech brands, Joovv. Lauryn and Michael talk with Scott Nelson, their co-founder, and Wes Pfiffner, their head of business development.
Basically, light therapy uses light to stimulate collagen production, which can reduce the appearance of a double chin. It’s non-invasive and generally safe, but results may take longer to appear than with other treatments.
♡ Double Chin Surgery
Double chin surgery (or plastic surgery in general) can be a great way to ditch that double chin. With incisions under the chin, this surgery removes excess fat and tightens the skin for a more defined jawline.
This is probably the MOST invasive treatment, has the highest risk factor, and the recovery time might be longer than other treatments. But, for some, the potential results are very worth it.
The MAIN thing to remember throughout all of this, is that you should not stress about that dubious double chin.
Just remember, confidence comes from within, but a little extra help in the beauty/cosmetic department never hurt anyone.
Cheers to keeping your chin up.
x, The Skinny Confidential team
+ if you’re into skin, be sure to check out Lauryn’s book, GTFOOTS.
++ learn about the tightening & cooling facial mask you have to try.