Whilst topical creams and serums can benefit our beauty routine, we need the right nutrients in our diet to look and feel our best. Without them, our hair, skin and nails can become weak and dry. So which nutrients do we need and where can we find them? Here’s our guide to the best vitamins for hair, skin and nails.
Vitamins For Hair, Skin, And Nails
BiotinBuy now with free delivery
Biotin is an important B vitamin which helps to promote healthy hair and skin from within. (1) This nutrient also supports our cognitive function and energy levels, (2) meaning it’s an all-round must-have for our general wellbeing.
Along with the other B vitamins, biotin is water-soluble, meaning we need it in our diet every day. We can source biotin from eggs, salmon and leafy greens, but only in small amounts. A supplement can help to boost your daily intake.
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Retinol, otherwise known as vitamin A, is essential for cell growth and replenishment. It has antioxidant properties, which means it plays a key role in skin health. (3) Retinol is widely used for acne treatment, both on the skin’s surface and as a supplement.
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Vitamin C is found in both the outer layer and inner layer of our skin, where it protects our cells from the oxidative damage caused by the sun. (4) This nutrient also helps to support natural collagen formation and reduces feelings of tiredness – two key signs of an aging complexion.
The richest natural sources of vitamin C are fresh fruits and vegetables including citrus fruits, blackcurrants, spinach and red peppers. If you’re not getting enough of this nutrient in your diet, you can try a supplement.
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Aswell as vitamins and minerals, protein is also a vital part of skin health. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein found all over our bodies, most commonly in our skin, cartilage and hair. Collagen provides our skin with structure, helping it to stay plump and firm.
As we age, our levels of this protein decline, and this causes fine lines and wrinkles to form. Lifestyle factors can accelerate the breakdown of collagen in the body. These include smoking or UV radiation caused by the sun. A supplement can help to top up your natural collagen levels from within.
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Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring nutrient found in our connective tissues, including our skin. This gel-like molecule binds to water to retain moisture. Our levels decrease over time, but supplements can help to restore the amount of it in our body.
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Zinc is an essential mineral which promotes hair growth, prevents brittle nails and maintains skin health. (5) Zinc’s anti-inflammatory properties can help to reduce redness and irritation on the skin. As a result, zinc has been widely studied for its effects on acne. 6
Zinc’s benefits don’t stop at our hair, skin and nails. This mineral is also important for brain function, cell activity and immune health. (7) Without enough zinc in our diets, we can suffer from a range of symptoms including hair loss and a lack of alertness.
Hair, Skin & Nails GummiesBuy now with free delivery
If you’re looking for a tasty all-in-one source of these important beauty vitamins, try our Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies. This Blueberry flavour blend contains zinc and biotin to promote healthy hair, skin and nails, (1, 5) as well as vitamin B6 to reduce feelings of tiredness throughout the day. 8
- Biotin contributes to the maintenance of normal hair, skin, and nails.
- Biotin contributes to normal psychological function and energy-yielding metabolism.
- Vitamin A contributes to the maintenance of normal skin.
- Vitamin C contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
- Zinc contributes to the maintenance of normal hair, skin and nails.
- Zinc contributes to normal cognitive and immune function. Zinc has a role in the process of cell division.
- Vitamin B6 contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.