I’m not sure at what age it starts, but today, I had a scare when I spied it … or at least the first signs of fine wrinkles forming just below my chin commonly known as turkey neck. In my memory bank, saved and stored for whatever unknown reason is a scene from Ally McBeal, where an attorney who was having a love affair with a judge (I don’t remember their names, sorry) makes some comments about her turkey neck and how sexy he finds it. I found it rather fascinating at the time and maybe it was the future me preparing for the eventual arrival of it and hoping that the man in my life would find it a sexy turn on, not a turn off. However sweet that idea may be, I’m not ready to embrace it, yet!
There are lotions and potions by every cosmetic house promising you amazing results, some of which I’m tempted to try, but the thought of adding to my already half hour morning and nightly regimen, which I’m really not sure is producing as amazing results as promised by the products I’ve purchased, just makes me roll my eyes. Eye make-up remover, make-up remover, wash, tone, serum, lip contour balm, eye cream, décolletage cream, cuticle cream, facial mist, bi-weekly masks of which there are two per session (and given a chance, each week I find something new to add) I wondered what other ‘free’ and ‘non-cosmetic’ options are available?
Exercise is not often mentioned as a treatment for turkey neck as it seems its most often used in conjunction with the torture we put ourselves through in the gym in an effort to skim a few pounds off the results we see on our scales and hopefully, eventually, or be-hinds, and of course our cosmetics houses are hoping we don’t find or follow this route because that will impact their sales.
The idea of facial exercises as opposed to cosmetics, of which I have heard before, and possibly here or there have attempted, I found some interesting and seemingly easy exercises to try (before I go the cosmetic route) which I’ll be adding these to my workout routine as from tomorrow. Doing a search for facial exercises did not bring up a multitude of links as cosmetics for tightening neck skin, no wonder why.
So, for you to view, consider and possibly attempt along with me, I present
1. How to tighten a turkey neck with Yoga
I’d like to see my mans reaction if he woke up and saw me pulling such cute faces.
2. Free anti-aging facial exercises
3. Six exercises to prevent turkey neck found on High50
1. Jut out your chin and move your lower jaw forward. Repeat ten times.
2. Look straight ahead. Now look up to the ceiling and hold for five seconds. Slowly return to your starting position. Repeat 20 times.
3. Form an ‘O’ with your mouth. Pull down the sides of your mouth until you feel the muscles underneath your neck working. Repeat this three times in quick succession. Build up to 20 sets of threes.
4. With your mouth open, pronounce the vowels A to U without closing your mouth at any time. Repeat ten times, three times in a row.
5. Press the tip of your tongue against your palate for a few seconds and release. Do this throughout the day. Make circles with your tongue when your mouth is closed, first in one direction then the other. Repeat often.
6. Place your lower lip over the top lip and hold for a few seconds. Repeat ten times.
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