Skincare 101: Everything You Need To Know About IV Infusions
We may not have flying cars yet, but we do know of a brand new beauty invention that’s taken the world by storm. Known as Intravenous Vitamin therapy, it involves pumping vitamins and minerals directly into your bloodstream to help you achieve a healthy and youthful complexion.
Unlike, downing ogre green smoothies and popping vitamin supplements every day, this treatment is quick and effective as it does not have to go through the digestive system. On the contrary, in IV therapy, your cells absorb the Vitamins immediately. Another plus point – it raises your energy levels!
Here’s Everything You Need To Know About IV Infusions For Your Skin
How safe are skincare IV infusions? How expensive is it? Does it hurt? We know you’re going to have a lot of questions so we got two leading dermatologists – Dr Harshana Bijlani, Celebrity Skin Expert and Medical Head of The Ageless Clinics & Dr Geetika Mittal, Founder & Medical Director, ISAAC LUXE to answer some of the most commonly asked questions.
How popular are skincare IV infusions In India?
Skincare IV infusions have been extremely popular in the Western and Eastern countries and are soon catching up in India too. In the West, the focus is on vitamin boosters like Meyer’s cocktail and various other vitamin concoctions, however, the East has been more influenced by skincare infusion like glutathione which is great for your liver as well as gives you a glow.
Who is the treatment meant for? Does one need to be medically fit to try it?
IV skincare infusions are great for anyone looking to improve their skin from the inside out or for people who want to boost their immunity or get rid of a particular vitamin deficiency. There’s no age group as such, anybody can get the treatment. Think of it as taking a strong shot of your multi-vitamins. While it’s great for your body, certain contraindications are individuals with weak kidney function, allergies and so on should consult a doctor before trying it out.
What are the different types of IV infusions available?
There are a number of different IV infusions that you can get at your dermatologist’s clinic. They all work on different issues like skin brightening, hydrating, anti-aging. While they would probably go by different names, their core function would remain the same.
Some of the treatments available at ISAAC Luxe are:
Vitaglow is an anti-aging IV therapy that contains a high dose of the antioxidant glutathione as well as Vitamin C to help detoxify the body from damaging free radicals and improve the appearance of hair, skin and nails.
Ideal for dry skin and general dehydration, this type of IV is useful for fitness enthusiasts, runners and those of us who have seriously invested in both fitness and wellness. You can opt for it before or after athletic activities or even once a month to make sure your body stays hydrated and energized between training sessions.
Known as Recovery IV Therapy, it is perfect for winters since it helps get rid of a variety of ailments such as hangovers, common colds, flu-like symptoms, body aches, headaches or seasonal allergies.
This is a nutrient therapy that’s meant to help you maintain good health & wellness. Filled with vitamin B12, antioxidants, nutrients, minerals and electrolytes, it will also help you combat jet lag.
What are the benefits of treatment?
IV drips are more effective than taking Vitamin supplements. They make it easier for your body to absorb all the nutrients since they are delivered directly to your bloodstream. The IV delivers all the vitamins, minerals & antioxidants directly at a cellular level. This increases the absorption to 99.9% instead of under 15-20% found in tablets. The right vitamin booster could help your body improve its internal well-being and provide you with a radiant glow.
Does it hurt? Are there any side effects?
No, it does not. The pain is comparable to that of a blood test, you feel the initial prick and then a cooling sensation as the IV fluid passes through your body. It’s an extremely safe treatment provided it is administered correctly and after understanding your complete medical history.
How long do the effects last and how many sessions do you need?
This would vary from person to person. Factors like your current metabolic rate, vitamin and mineral levels play a large role. Typically, dermatologists recommend between 6-8 sessions to see visible results and once those are done, you can reduce the frequency of the drips.
How often can you get the IV infusions?
There’s no perfect number, it can vary from person to person. Check with your doctor to understand your body’s current nutrient levels and deficiencies. Based on those results and your personal skincare goals your dermatologist can determine the frequency of your IV drips.
What precautions should one take after the treatment?
You can bounce right back to your routine after the treatment. You could occasionally feel light-headed after the infusion so just make sure you eat a light snack before your drip if it’s your first time. Carry a small snack with you to eat after the treatment too if you’d like.
What is the cost of this treatment?
The Vitamin Glow Booster Drips at The Ageless Clinics would cost you upwards of Rs 2,500.
The REVIV VitaGlow Infusions at ISAAC Luxe would cost you upwards of Rs 15,000.
However, if you’re more comfortable with the idea of using products instead of undergoing this treatment, then, we’ve found you three gems.
Whatever method you choose to stick with, we hope that you get the complexion you wished for. All the best!
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