Supplements for Beautiful Skin

Vitamins and supplements should be a key part of your beauty routine because they can make a significant difference in your skin’s firmness and clarity, and can even help reduce breakouts. You can’t take supplements while living off fast food and hope for Gabrielle Union’s skin (which is so flawless it is almost painful to look at), but supplements can certainly make up for whatever nutritional deficiencies your body may have that might be impacting the quality of your skin.




These are some skin loving supplements that I have tried. Oddly when I was taking them regularly I wasn’t sure I saw much of a difference, but in the last few weeks where I haven’t been taking any supplements at all (so stupid, I clearly got cocky) there has definitely been a deterioration in my skin, so clearly my body NEEDS these.




This supplement has literally popped up in every pharmacy in Lagos, promising to change your hair skin and nails in 30 days. Trust your girl to buy it. But I didn’t see any noticeable results. Maybe you need to keep at it for longer than 30 days?





OMEGA 3 (Found in Fish Oil)

Omega 3 is a fatty acid that’s great for a healthy brain and heart, but MORE IMPORTANTLY (lol) it is amazing for skin. Omega 3 acid helps regulate oil production in the body and boosts skin hydration, slows the skin’s aging process and has anti inflammatory properties which may help with acne. It also keeps hair strong and shiny. I like this brand (Nordic Naturals) in particular because it has fewer ingredients in it- some of these supplement fillers can be ridiculous. For optimal benefits you should take 1000mg a day. If you can’t find an Omega 3 supplement, Fish Oil is fine too- just check the bottle for how much Omega 3 is contained in each tablet (usually 300mg) so you’ll need to take 3-4 tablets.







We all know how great this vitamin is for our immune systems but taking Vitamin C regularly can help reverse discolouration and sun damage, and prevent wrinkles. For faster results, Vitamin C should be applied topically- but it is also quite helpful to take orally as well. I take this for the skin benefits, but also because my son is in school and comes home with all sorts of fun cold viruses for the family to share. Fabulous! So I have to #staystrapped because no one looks good with a snotty nose.




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Another powerful antioxidant like Vitamin C which helps fight free radical damage on the skin which leads to wrinkles and it is also great for hair. To be honest I haven’t seen much of an impact of this supplement, so I may probably just let this one go. It is verrrrrrry good when used topically though (on body skin, its quite heavy for the face if you have oily skin).




ZINC (Not pictured because I’m a dunce, and was probably hungry)

Zinc should be a staple on every acne sufferer’s dresser. Research shows that acne suffered have lower zinc levels than people with clear skin, and taking zinc can reduce acne by up to 50%. Personally, I think that figure is a bit exaggerated- but Zinc is definitely worth a try. Zinc has anti inflammatory properties to reduce the size of spots (particularly helpful with cystic acne), and antioxidant properties which help fight acne causing bacteria.


The best form of Zinc to take is Zinc Picolinate apparently- but I have sadly never beheld this form with mine own eyes.  Zinc Gluconate is the next best option, and that is more easily available in the pharmacies. Acne prone individuals should aim to take around 50mg a day.





Have you tried any of these supplements? Should any other vitamins or supplements be on this list?


Let me know,


  • cec
    Posted at 19:25h, 16 October Reply

    Hi Nicole, great blog you’ve got here!
    I usually take a cheap multivitamin – daravit;1 capsule, 3 tabs of vitamin c, 1-2 caps of cod liver oil and about 6-8 glasses of water daily.
    I think my skin looks.pretty good.
    I do minimal supplements because I believe I should improve on the quality of foods I eat than rely mostly on supplements, which have other constituents as you mentioned an n overwork my kidneys a liver.
    Very recently though, a doctor friend advised, I limit intake of vitamin c to short periods at the time and whilst taking it, use a glass of water to minimise the effects of the ascorbic acid.

    • Nicole
      Posted at 10:31h, 17 October Reply

      Hi Cec! Thank you so much for saying that. And I agree re: improving the quality of your food. Thats also very very important. I just think that some people need more of a boost than others, especially when you have blemish prone skin. With Zinc in particular where studies show that acne prone people usually have lower levels. All in all, everyone should consult their doctor before embarking on any medication. Thanks so much for your comment xx

  • cec
    Posted at 19:30h, 16 October Reply

    Oops! Typos in my comment.
    Kindly pardon me.

  • Mobola
    Posted at 09:48h, 21 October Reply

    Hi Nichole, I take an Omega 3 supplement now and I definitely see the results. I also try to get a lot of flax seeds in my diet, as i’m not a great fan of fish. Vitamins E & C i try to get from fruit and veggies and also from serums, because swallowing all those tabs is a huge pain

  • UG.
    Posted at 19:58h, 22 October Reply

    Yes, I have tried all of these supplements (except the 30 days..) still on it though as they are part of my daily skin routine (most importantly!! Lol) and general wellness. In addition to that, I take Collagen pills first thing in the morning on an empty belly after emptying my bowel in the morning. Collagen is protein and a very rich food for the skin (hair and nails too), totally harmless. I’m already certain everyone here knows that so I will save all of us the boring sermon!! Lol For the Collagen, I use the NEOCELL Super Collagen+ C. There are different brands and types of Collagen BUT
    not all is best for the skin except Type 1&3, which is why I prefer this particular one I take. After breakfast I proceed to take the others. In addition to what you have shown up here, I also take Fresh Royal Jelly With Wheat Germ Oil in the morning. Wheat germ is has a lot of rich skin benefits. You can look that up.
    There’s also Selenium, great for the skin too!
    Did I hear too much? Lol I know right but then again I was going to add that I alternate them. Sometimes I also skip a day or two on taking them.

  • kayk
    Posted at 10:09h, 30 October Reply

    I addition to the supplements mentioned i take evening primrose to balance my hormones sort of. And i swear by aloe vera gel

  • Abbie Gottfried
    Posted at 17:39h, 09 November Reply

    for this wonderful read!!

  • Von
    Posted at 11:21h, 21 January Reply

    Royal Jelly Capsules. super amazing results i dare say but i only just read today that increasing the dosage to the range between 3000 to 6000 mg is superb. i have been taking Diana’s Royal Jelly capsules (600 mg) and the effect on my hair, skin and nails is super amazing.

  • chinwe
    Posted at 15:58h, 17 March Reply

    Mehn am so loving your blog..ok for me,,,i take wellwoman vitabiotics max which includes nutrient tablet, Omega 3: 6:9 , calcium and vit.D …i guess i will try out fresh royal jelly with primrose to balance my hormones..nke a’ di very important…..

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