Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Key Skin Supplements and What They Do

I first started taking food supplements when I was trying to get pregnant. I wanted my body to be in tip top condition, with the optimum level of nutrients to support a growing baby.

How helpful my Pregnacare capsules were in this process is impossible to measure. But I felt sure enough to continue with supplements post birth, moving on to ones for my skin, hair and nails. 

Over the past few years, as I’ve become better educated about my skin and as I noticed it starting to age, I have added more specific supplements to the mix such as hyaluronic acid and collagen –  substances produced naturally by our bodies but which decline with age.

Here is a quick look at key skin supplements and what they do:
Skin, Nails and Hair

Pretty self-explanatory from the title, this was the first type of ‘beauty’ supplement that I took. I liked the idea of one packet covering a lot of bases, ie skin, nails and hair. These can be pretty expensive to buy so look out for deals in places like Boots, which often has popular makes like Imedeen and Perfectil on a 3 for 2.

These Solgar ones are comparatively good value at £11.99 for 60 tablets (take one a day). They contain an absorbable form of sulphur to relieve inflammation (which ages skin), as well as ingredients to help build collagen and keratin, which has a major role in skin health. More on Solgar here.

Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid 

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is responsible for binding all living tissue. Hyaluronic acid is found within the tissue and holds 1,000 times its weight in water, helping to keep skin hydrated and plump.

Jivesse Marine Collagen Capsules contain small peptides which are said to be absorbed by the body within a few hours . They’re easy to swallow but the taste is not particularly pleasant (they’re  a bit fishy). They’re also pricey - £80 for 60 capsules – and you need to take two daily. You can buy them here.

Solgar recently rebranded their Hyaluronic Acid Complex supplements to Collagen Hyaluronic Acid Complex (£33.86 for 30 – 1 capsule daily). Read my full review here.


CoQ10 is a compound found naturally within cells. It has antioxidant properties that help protect our skin.  But levels drop as we age. The thing to look out for with CoQ10 supplements is again the particle size – small is better as they’re easier for the body to absorb. Solgar claims that its Nutri Nano ones have 3 times better absorption than traditional CoQ-10 products. The cost of 50 softgels is £32.49.

Vitamin E 

Vitamin E is the body's primary fat-soluble antioxidant. It is found in most vegetable oils, wheat germ, raw seeds and nuts, eggs, leafy vegetables and legumes. Vitamin E supports various bodily functions, including nutritional support for the skin, and the immune system.

Glucosamine Sulphate

I’m throwing this one in as I’ve recently started to suffer with minor joint pain in my hip. If you’re similarly suffering, this supplement could be one to look out for. Glucosamine is a natural sugar found in cartilage, the fluid and tissues that cushion our joints. When cartilage starts to break down (osteoarthritis) it can cause pain. In studies glucosamine sulphate supplements have been shown to ease symptoms. I take these Holland & Barrett ones (£24.99 for 120 capsules – 1 or 2 daily) and they’re currently available on the store’s ‘buy one get one for a penny’ offer here.

Post contains press samples. 




  1. Never tried skin or hair supplements before but many go my friends do so I might give them a shot x

    1. I think every little bit helps when it comes to looking after yourself, whether that's taking supplements for your skin or your body as a whole. Tx

  2. Lovely looking supplements. I need to start taking one of these.

    1. The skin, hair and nails are a good all rounder to start off with. Tx

  3. Mmm... dear Tracey - first of all, I didn't come here last week because I am waiting for my new glasses, what I wear at home, and being very short-sighted, it's more and more difficult to cope with the computer screen :) Maybe this is the right time for this post, about supplements. I always refused to take some, but I think I should - and my doctors as well. Being a fussy eater and a vegetarian, I lack all you can imagine - vitamin E, A, B12 mainly... Jivesse is out of my list, because of the fishy taste :) I guess for me the best would be CoQ10. A very good post, dear Tracey, it helped me to compare!

    1. Thank you Denise and so sorry to hear about your health troubles. That is so miserable :(. Yes, I think, if your diet is falling short in areas supplements can be a good way to ensure you are getting all the nutrients you need. Take care of yourself! Sending you big hugs. Tx

  4. I've been sent some supplements to try, but have held fire as I have to take a lot of meds and wondered how they would mix. This is a great, informative post.

    1. I think you're supposed to check with your gp before taking supplements if you're on meds? I guess you already know that though. Good luck when you do take them - I hope they make a difference. Tx

  5. This is just the post I needed to read, the all rounder for skin, nails and hair is one I will definitely be picking up. I think we all take care of the outside but need to make sure we're doing the same for our insides too! Great informative post!

    1. Thank you Georgia and yes I couldn't agree more that it's important we look afte our insides just as much as we do our outsides. Tx


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