The Surprising Truth About IV Beauty-Drips
Posted by Ana Kozlova in Treatments, Health & Lifestyle
The first time I ever saw an IV drip outside of its intended home, the hospital, I was shocked. A model had Instagrammed her ‘pre-shoot prep’ and just like an extension of her arm, the IV-drip was dangling across her body, slowly pumping antioxidants and glowing goodies into her bloodstream, and she did not seem the least bit worried.
I felt worried for her!
Immediately after seeing her story, I went on a rampant Google search mission to understand why she was doing it, and it turns out she wasn’t the only one.
Vitamin injections have long become popular, with vitamin C being one of the most popular amongst models and anyone looking to cure dull skin and get that dewy glow effect.
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“The most popular reasons for doing an IV vitamin treatment is to relieve stress, rid your body of toxins, balance hormones, boost immunity, and make you skin healthier,” says Debrah Sullivan, M.D. from Healthline. “There are positive claims of relief and rejuvenation, but there’s no hard evidence to support these claims.”
Whilst it is not exactly like chugging a carton of orange juice health wise, it does boost your immune system because the antioxidants in the solution act as a helping hand for your immune system.
Most commonly, vitamin C injections are given to amp up dull looking skin and tired feeling bodies because it also stimulates collagen production and cell regeneration.
The effects of one injection will last about a week and professionals recommend doing the treatment once a week for two months and repeating every half year for lasting results.
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“When a person receives an IV vitamin treatment, they’re receiving a liquid mixture of vitamins and minerals through a small tube inserted into a vein.,” says Lindsay Slowiczek, M.D. from Healthline. “This allows the nutrients to be absorbed quickly and directly into the bloodstream, a method that produces higher levels of the vitamins and minerals in your body than if you had gotten them from food or supplements. This is because several factors affect our body’s ability to absorb nutrients in the stomach.”
However, just a word of caution before you go booking your first IV drip session: consider the implications. While a vitamin C drip may boost your performance, there are also downsides to these treatments and it is important to find a professional who is medically licensed.
“Be sure the clinic you are going to is reputable because these clinics aren’t closely regulated. Remember, you’re receiving vitamins — not drugs. Do some research before you go and see if there are any reviews of the clinic,” says Debra. “The clinic should look clean, the hands of those administering the IV should be washed, and gloves worn by the specialist should be changed each time they meet with a new client. Don’t let them hurry the process or not explain what’s being done. And don’t be afraid to ask for credentials if you’re in doubt of their professionalism!”
But if you’re like us and not ready to take the next step into modern day drip-beauty, you can take our quiz to find some personalised product recommendations to help with any dullness and fatigue showing up on your skin!