15 Nov 2013

Will Supplements Make Me Beautiful?

Do Supplements actually benefit us at all or is taking them a waste of time and money?  I am most certainly no expert and despite lots of claims and tests saying they don't, I personally feel better when I'm taking them.
I wrote a post on this subject over a year ago and it has since been one of my most viewed blog posts, without it actually containing much information... so thought I would give a little more in-depth update post this time ;) (Also I would just like to point out that I'm not sponsored by Boots it's just they have fab 3 for 2 deals on their vitamins and I always end up picking up a few bottles when I'm wandering the isles).

First up we have Starflower Oil, Rich in Gamma Linolenic Acid which is an essential omega 6 fatty acid, and important to keep us ladies running at a stable emotional level, if ya know what I mean ;) Starflower oil (also known as Borage oil) has a much higher concentration of GLA than Evening Primrose Oil and is therefore a little more effective but also more expensive. I was taking Evening Primrose Oil for quite sometime before I switched over to these and never noticed any difference in my moods but I have seen a huge improvement since swapping, I generally feel a lot happier and actually more focused and productive. I noticed this most when I forgot to take them over the weekend and ended up a crying heap over something ridiculous come Monday...

I take a high dose of Vitamin C & Zinc in a soluble form most days and I'm going to go ahead and jinx myself by saying this is the reason I haven't had a cold in the past few months. I like to take it as a drink as I feel it helps me get another glass of water down and I also remember to take all my other supplements at the same time, the fizzyness of the drink helps me swallow those god awful huge Starflower capsules too. More importantly Zinc is like a 24-hour, on call skin mechanic which is excellent at helping heal skin and has been shown to be useful in dealing with acne and alleviating the inflammation & scarring. 

I have yet to find the perfect fish oil capsule that will cure all my skin ailments and give me a glowing complexion but for now I'm taking two of these Cod Liver Oil capsules each day to give me some much needed omega oil fatty acids. I keep meaning to pick up some really high quality/high dosage omega oils from Holland and Barrett's but the £15+ price tag always puts me off.. next time they have a penny sale I shall be there! When you pick up your fish oils look for ones with a higher milligrams count of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) as this is what benefits our skin, regulating oil production and boosting skin hydration. 

My most recent addition to the clan has been Vitamin E. An antioxidant that protects and promotes healing within our skin. We can find Vitamin E naturally in things like nuts and seeds, egg yolks and leafy green veg but I wanted to see if taking these would help heal some particularly stubborn scars on my cheeks. I haven't been taking these long at all yet so only time will tell if they're doing any good.

Lastly I have these herbal acne relief tablets that caught my eye. They contain Burdock Root which is supposedly good as keeping our systems clean and helping the liver do it's job to detox our system; something that may help if you suffer from acne. Blue flag is used to treat inflammation while Sarsaparilla is also helpful at detoxing the blood and cleaning up our system. I admit I took about half of the box and then completely forgot I had these so didn't notice much difference but these things take a long time and any little help is better than nothing.

I certainly an no health expert and I'm not saying taking these supplements will cure your skin problems, but I am saying it is just as important to look after your insides as it is your outside... eat healthy, drink lots of water and hope for the best!! :)
Do you take any supplements and have you seen any improvement?


  1. I've been taking evening primrose and fish oil tablets recently and my skins been looking much better, not sure if it's due to the supplements or skincare routine but they can't hurt right! Will definitely have to look into starflower oil. Great post xx


  2. I used to take red krill oil for awhile and found it made my lady times ahem,flowing of the red sea, a lot less painful. I've stopped now though as my GP warned me that some natural medications can mess with your organs, like your liver, so I'm being cautious with what I put in my body nowadays. Will definitely have to ask about those remedies next time I see them though.
    Thanks for all your info. :) Paris xx

  3. definitely get the omega 3 fish oil from holland & barrett, its the best! the penny sale is my saviour xx

  4. I used to take a few different vitamins but I stopped one day and didn't notice much of a difference so I don't any more. I'm a vegetarian so there are quite a lot that I can't take anyway and they're probably the ones that make the most difference!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

  5. I take a fish oil one (on recommendation from the guru that is Caroline Hirons!) and one for hair, skin and nails that stops my nails peeling as they are naturally really soft. I'm nervous about anything else though as I never know what they really do, plus they cost a fortune!

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  6. This post is amazing, I've been meaning to start taking vitamin C but without guidance I'm lost as to what to take and where to get it!
    Thank you <3
    Roshni’s Journey

    1. Thank you! I take 1000mg a day which seems to work for me! :) x

  7. I try and take Omega 3, Vitamin C and Zinc and Calcium and Vitamin D supplements daily. I do feel like they help xx

    1. I need to add some Vitamin D to my stash! I used to take it but forgot to ever repurchase, oops! x

  8. What a fab post, thank you for providing such helpful information on what is best! I certainly think a boost of vitamins and oils would benefit you positively and it seems like they work towards making you healthier but I'm that much of a health freak that I'd be dubious of taking so many (especially with me being on strong prescription medication too) even though they do all sound wonderful, especially the ones that help the skin as I'm a sufferer of spots and scars. I suppose you'll never know until you try them though so I may have to try them out one by one. xo

    Oh So Bridie | Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle

  9. I'm very keen to see what the effects of supplements will be on my skin but i am yet to invest. Will definitely try some vitamin C!


  10. i (try to remember to) take vitamin c's most days, but i've never really known what any others do!
    i would be interested to see the long term effects that any of these have.


  11. I take multivitamins as I am a vegetarian and I need them but I don't think that supplements and tablets should be a replacement for healthy eating although they can help x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

  12. I've found that certain supplements work well for me, like Biotin, B Complex, and Fish Oil. But then there are some that I have to take like Calcium and Vitamin C....which I kind of find completely useless. But that's just me!

  13. Absolutely agree, no substitute for a good varied diet (I'm vegetarian too) but do find some supplements of benefit. I used to take starflower, evening primrose & B complex for general hormone balance and support, definitely felt less irritable and tired. A friend recommended Rhodiola (adaptogen, good for reproductive health, stress support, energy levels) which I now take plus daily dedicated skin supplement - I feel great, have more energy and my skin seems to be generally happier all around!

    I use Viridian Brand for Rhodiola - I've tried other brands and nothing beats it for me http://www.viridian-nutrition.com/Shop/Maximum-Potency-Rhodiola-Rosea-Root-P652.aspx You can buy the same brand elsewhere, I've used bodykind.com before - really great customer service. Maxi potency work best for me, take 1 daily, 2 when under a little more stress than usual.

    Then I take Oqibo skin supplement http://www.oqibo.co.uk/oqibo/skin-supplement/ which my skin seems to love. Have been taking it for just over 2 months,definitely less spot prone (annoyingly still get them in my 30's!) and my skin seems smoother and less dry. Hair seems shinier too!

    Thanks for a great post.


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