Fitness has undergone a significant makeover in the last few years. With the increased popularity of at-home workouts, we've found a way to customize every aspect of our routines. Many of us have found that, for peak wellness, it makes sense that our facial muscles deserve some movement, too.
One option to sculpt is Kybella, an FDA-approved prescription, and injectable treatment that destroys fat cells under your chin to improve submental fullness or the "double chin." Offered at McGuiness Dermatology, Kybella contains synthetic deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring compound in your body that helps with the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into your chin, Kybella effectively destroys fat cells so they can no longer store fat. You achieve a noticeably improved profile as a result of treatment.
If you'd rather skip invasive treatments, facial exercises could be the au naturel option for keeping your facial skin firm. As with any form of fitness, consistency is key (don't expect to have that chiseled jawline after just one workout sesh).
When your neck is tense, that can translate to your face. Your eyes may appear smaller, and your face and neck may appear to sag. To stretch it out, tilt your head towards one shoulder, place your hand on your head and gently pull it closer to your shoulder to deepen the stretch. Repeat on the other side. Take some time to massage the muscles at the back of your neck, working from the base of your neck up.
As we age, the skin along our jaw begins to sag (our constant Instagram scrolling while looking down at your phone doesn't help). Jowl-tightening exercises may help. Start by lifting your chin to form a firm line between your chin and your collar bone, being careful not to hyperextend your neck. Turn your head to look over your right shoulder at the ceiling behind you, then jut out your jaw. Hold that position for five seconds, release, and then slowly return to the starting position. Repeat this three times total, then switch sides and do the same thing.