Want to fast-track your skin to angelic perfection? It’s as simple as B, C, IV. Ricardo Riskalla tries out the beauty treatment earning some serious backstage buzz
We all like the idea of a quick fix for everything - myself and my model clients included. Even though I always prescribe a high antioxidant diet and regular exercise, lately I have been exploring a few new things to take my clients to the next level.
One of the hottest treatments I've been hearing about for a while now comes from my supermodel clients who work around the world, particularly those in Los Angeles and New York. The treatment is called Intravenous Vitamin Injections, which is simply a huge dose of vitamins straight to the vein.
Seem extreme? Yes I know, you just thought exactly what I just thought - "What? Why would you inject vitamins instead of taking them orally?" Well, the principle here is that you bypass the digestive system and the whole thing goes straight into your cells. I have to admit that the thought of it scared me a bit, but deep inside I had a little voice saying : "Why Not?" That's the mad scientist in me.
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I did a lot of research. First of all, with a treatment like this, you must look for a great doctor to do it. I enlisted Dr Joseph Ajaka, one of the most respected cosmetic surgeons in Australia. He runs the exclusive Cosmos Clinic in Double Bay, Sydney. Dr Ajaka's registered nurse, Laura Naughton, asked me a lot of questions. I told her there was nothing wrong with my health and that I basically wanted to experience the whole vitamin cocktail. Bring it on!
So I lay down in the most beautiful room and the treatment took around 30 minutes. I had Vitamin C, Vitamin B group, Glutathione and Alpha Lipoic Acid injected into me. Straight away during the treatment I felt great, like I was being refuelled with the best petrol around. My treatment was done at lunch time and after two hours I was training my clients. I felt super energetic almost right away.
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The same night I had the best sleep ever. Over the following days, I received so many compliments about how my skin was glowing. Little did they know it was injected....
All in all, I am totally sold on this procedure and I will continue having it on a regular basis from now on. Naughton recommends, "for preventative reasons 1-2 times a month. If you are suffering from ill health perhaps 1-2 times per week. Detoxification purposes once per month."
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I know I did it for beauty reasons but Naughton recommends it for other purposes also, "For prevention: if you would like to ward off cold and flus in the winter months and maintain a healthy lifestyle," she says. "In sickness: if you have developed a cold or a flu and you are hoping to minimise your recovery time and boost your immunity. For detoxification purposes: A vitamin cocktail can help to reset our overloaded systems returning us to a more alkaline state by eliminating toxins in our liver."
I had no side effects and according to Cosmos clinic there are generally none experienced. "None whatsoever, very safe. However if you are undergoing any in-hospital treatments like chemotherapy you should consult your specialist prior to having a vitamin infusion." So are you ready for a quick fix?