Beauty trends come and go but one that seems to be sticking around and ever so popular is vitamin therapy. Vitamin therapy was originally a thing of the 80’s where stars in Hollywood and cities alike, would hook up to a drip or go for regular infusions as a health kick. Many physicians are now recognising the beneficial uses of anti-oxidant and other vitamins for a wide variety of conditions, often as a complementary therapy to accompany medication or other treatments
It was during a recent visit to renowned doctor, Dr Bianca Estelle’s clinic in Marylebone that she told me, “vitamin delivery via IV-therapy, allows you to absorb 99.9% of vitamins, delivering them straight into your bloodstream for maximum impact, compared to 8% absorption that oral, tablet forms deliver. Founder of Nosh Vitamins, Geeta Sidhu- Robb adds, “when you take a tablet it has to go through your stomach before it’s absorbed and your absorption rate is dependent on your gut health, your deficiencies and how well your hormones are balanced. Through an IV, nutritional value is added straight into your blood stream, allowing your body to absorb instantly with optimum efficacy.
It’s important to note that vitamin therapy comes in two forms- intravenous drips and intravenous injections otherwise known as a vitamin push. The methods are quite different but both effective ways to absorb vitamins more readily.
Intravenous Drip Therapy
Drip therapies can vary. Most common infusions are Vitamins B, C and D- types that we are usually low in or have great health benefits in greater amounts. Some clinics offer bespoke infusions according to your individual body-make-up and other personal health issues. “At Nosh Detox, we advise bespoke infusions to ensure our customers get the most from the treatment,” says Sidhu-Robb. “We create individual formulas made up of the best ingredients, which are EU compliant and mix them into an IV bag. The client receives it via IV tubing and a small needle into their vein, usually into their arm.”
Intravenous Injection Therapy
“An ‘IV-push’ treatment is where concentrated syringes of potent vitamin solution are pushed through your vain into the bloodstream and activated by drinking plenty of water, post treatment, for optimum absorption,” advises Estelle. “It avoids any strain on organs such as the liver or stomach and allows high quantities of vitamins to be absorbed that are simply not possible via oral consumption,” says Estelle.
How it can boost your skincare regime
Vitamin therapy works super well in conjunction with topical-skincare application. So much so, in some cases, it can replace it. “It depends which treatment you’re having and how regularly but some clients report that they no longer require certain products such as acne treatments as their vitamin absorption is greater and more effective through a drip or injection,” advises Estelle.