A double chin forms due to genetics, aging, and weight gain. But, as it turns out, there’s another reason: improper tongue posture. The good news is that it’s possible to get rid of this physical feature. Younger people, with skin that is tight, can improve their face contour dramatically after removing fat.
Here at Bright Side, we’ve figured out what we’ve all been doing wrong. Now it’s time to correct your tongue posture and finally get that gorgeous jawline you’ll keep forever.
What we usually call a “double chin” is the fullness that forms under the chin. We all have a bit of fat there, and it’s normal. However, our platysma muscle, which connects the neck to the chin, can weaken. In this case, more fat can get accumulated here, causing the fullness. This extra fat that forms above the platysma under our chin is called the “pre-platysmal fat,” and it’s what creates the double chin.
Poor tongue posture loosens the muscle, and a double chin starts to form. Specialists say that if we learn how to position the tongue properly, it’s possible to get rid of the double chin and improve the jawline. It happens because the correct position holds the whole facial structure.
The correct posture is to always have your tongue resting on the top part of your mouth, including the bottom third of it. You can learn to position it correctly by doing several exercises and watching yourself rest your tongue correctly in the beginning as you get used to it.
- Put the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth, right behind the top teeth, and press it against the hard palate.
- Pull the rest of your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth.
- Close your mouth and breathe normally, and try to keep it this way at all times.
If you couldn’t do the previous one, try this:
- Say the sound, “N.” As you’re saying it, hold it. The posture you’re experiencing is the right one.
- Suck the back part of your tongue onto the palate.
- Apply some pressure in the very back of the tongue and make sure the pressure stays, driving everything upward.
- Keep it there at all times — this is the correct posture. When you forget how to do it, say the “N” sound again.
Here’s another exercise to practice:
- Get a big piece of chewing gum and start spreading it all over the roof of your mouth.
- Start with the back of your teeth and spread it backward as far as you can go inside.
- When you’re done, you can chew it again and then repeat the whole process of spreading.
Have you heard of correct tongue posture before? How did your tongue use to rest? Tell us in the comments.