That wobbly red thing that dangles under a turkey's neck is known as a wattle. Found on male turkeys, and according to the late Nora Ephron, on women of a certain age as well, it is a feature we could all do without. Where does it come from?
As we age, collagen production diminishes, causing the skin to lose its elasticity and sag. Significant weight loss can add to this problem.
Nora Ephron, the late great humorist and author wrote a book titled "I Hate My Neck", and was famous for wearing scarves and turtleneck sweaters all year round in an effort to hide her "turkey neck".
Is there anything you can do short of surgery to help diminish this unwelcome feature? The answer is "Yes!".
A regimen of daily exercises to help tighten the sagging skin under your chin, in conjunction with the application of natural ingredients known for boosting collagen production and tightening the skin can be very helpful. Anaerobic exercise and strength training work on the area by strengthening and tightening muscle groups in the neck. Exercise increases blood flow resulting in better circulation, which in turn helps to reduce the accumulation of toxins in the body. This helps skin become more resilient and stay tighter and more firm. There are also therapeutic essential oils, among them but not restricted to frankincense, calendula, palmarosa and lavender, that not only help boost collagen levels but tighten the skin and can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well. They can be extremely effective when added in the right proportions to specific specialty and carrier oils.
With dedication and consistent exercise you can help prevent and minimize the appearance of dreaded "Turkey Neck". La Ishá's Breast SOS, Nutrient Rich Face Crème, and Natural Age Spot Eraser all contain a highly effective combination of therapeutic-grade essential oils that are known to combat loose sagging skin, fade discolorations and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Here is our favorite exercise for tightening the jawline and neck:
a. Apply a small dab of La Ishá Nutrient Rich Face Crème to your neck.
b. While sitting or standing, stretch your neck looking upward, then place your index, ring and 4th fingers at the "v" indentation at the base of your throat (just under your Adam's apple) with the tips of the fingers facing up toward the ceiling.
c. Gently - but firmly - slide your fingers up toward your chin. When you reach the jawbone, slide the fingers of each hand out to the side, and then slide them back down along the Sternocleidomastoid muscle (see diagram above) until you reach your collarbone.
d. Repeat this 15 times. Do this exercise twice a day, and you will be amazed by the results.
Confused? Check out our YouTube video to see how to do this exercise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a69fwFGIhsQ
I have been doing this exercise for several years now, and swear by it! Be sure to give it a few months to see results. Remember: it took time for your skin to loosen up, so give it adequate time to tighten! You won't be sorry!
Copyright 2012 Sharon Gnatt Epel for La Ishá Natural Skin Care