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7 Vitamins & Nutrients for Healthy Hair, Skin, and Nails

Key Takeaways:

  • Hyaluronic acid, biotin, zinc, evening primrose oil, astaxanthin, and vitamins C, A, and E can help support healthy hair, skin, and nails and can be taken daily.
  • While most of these nutrients can be found in your diet, taking a premium-quality supplement is the easiest way to get the beauty support you need.

There’s a good reason why they say, “beauty comes from within.” The vitamins and nutrients you put in your body actually help provide support for healthy, glowing and strong hair, skin, and nails.*

Let’s take a look at some of the best vitamins and supplements for healthy hair, skin, and nails.

1. Collagen Hyaluronic Acid Complex for healthy skin and hair

Anyone starting their skincare journey has probably stumbled upon hyaluronic acid, a popular ingredient in the world of skincare.

Hyaluronic acid is found in many areas of the body including, the skin, eyes, and synovial fluid of the joints. As you age, the production of key substances such as hyaluronic acid (as well as collagen and elastin) decreases.

How does hyaluronic acid help your skin and hair?

Hyaluronic acid can be used in many different forms, including topical treatments such as serums or moisturizers, ingestible supplements, or injectable fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a key component of the skin’s extracellular matrix.*

However, hyaluronic acid isn’t only beneficial for the skin – it can contribute to healthy hair as well. Keeping your scalp moisturized is an important part of keeping your hair healthy and growing, and taking hyaluronic acid supplements can help promote a healthy, moisturized scalp.

Recommended hyaluronic acid supplement:

Solgar® Collagen Hyaluronic Acid Complex Tablets

Solgar®’s advanced Collagen Hyaluronic Acid Complex helps boost skin collagen in just 12 weeks while increasing skin elasticity and softening the appearance of wrinkles.* It also helps maintain healthy, youthful skin and support joint health with chondroitin and vitamin C for collagen formation.* Solgar®’s collagen source is hormone and antibiotic-free.

Each serving of this gluten-free and non-GMO supplement contains 120 mg of hyaluronic acid, 100 mg of vitamin C, and 1200 mg of collagen!


2. Skin, NAILS, & Hair Tablets

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Solgar® Skin, Nails, & Hair Tablets

Solgar® Skin, Hair, and Nails is specially formulated to help you support the strong, healthy nails, shiny hair, and naturally youthful vibrant skin.* Each serving offers the following ingredients:

  • Antioxidants – zinc & vitamin C both offer antioxidant support that help you fight free radicals.* They also help your body make more collagen, the essential component to healthy, vibrant skin.*
  • OptiMSM® – the most consistent source of sulfur*. Sulfur is one of the raw materials for collagen. Collagen is a component of healthy skin.*
  • Body-Ready Minerals & Amino Acids – highly-absorbable forms of zinc and copper.*

Two easy tablets taken daily help support youthful, vibrant skin, shiny hair, healthy nails, as well as immune system health and bone, cartilage, and tendon health.^*

And, this supplement is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, kosher, and halal!


3. Biotin for healthy hair, skin, and nails

Biotin, or vitamin B7, is a superstar vitamin when it comes to hair, skin, and nails. The name “biotin” comes from the Greek word “biotis,” meaning life or sustenance. As its name suggests, this essential vitamin provides your hair, skin, and nails with the life and sustenance they need to stay healthy.*

How does biotin help your hair, skin and nails?

Biotin plays a role in protein synthesis and keratin production, contributing to the maintenance of healthy hair and nails.1 

Biotin is also essential for healthy skin, is important for energy production, and is involved in the metabolism and synthesis of amino acids.

Because biotin is water soluble and not stored in the body, it’s important for us to obtain biotin from our diets on a daily basis.

Recommended biotin supplement:

Solgar® Biotin 5000 mcg

Support healthy hair, skin, and nails with these vegan-friendly vegetable capsules!* This supplement is also non-GMO, gluten-free, kosher, and halal. Available in 1000, 5000, or 10, 000 mcg.


4. Vitamins C, A, and E for healthy skin

Vitamin C for collagen

Vitamin C isn’t only important for your immune system; it’s also essential for the production of collagen, a protein that gives shape, strength, and integrity to many tissues and is the basis for healthy skin.2

Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that cannot be made by the body, and therefore must be consumed through your diet or supplements.

Recommended vitamin C supplement:

Solgar® Ester-C® Plus 1000 mg Vitamin C 

Ester-C® is less acidic and more gentle on the stomach than regular vitamin C and stays in white blood cells for up to 24 hours.*

It is also vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, kosher, and halal!

Explore our extensive list of Ester-C® products here.


Vitamin A for retinol

Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that can support skin health.* There are two types of vitamin A: retinoids (pre-formed vitamin A) and carotenoids (pro-formed vitamin A). Both types are converted to retinol by the liver.

Your skin is a retinol-responsive organ, meaning it is able to readily absorb vitamin A when applied topically. Retinol is essential to skin health, because it helps assist in the production of new skin cells. Without it, skin may become dry.

However, vitamin A is not only useful to skin when applied topically; including lots of vitamin A in your diet can also promote good skin health. Vitamin A (retinol) can be found in foods such as eggs, oily fish, green leafy vegetables, mango, papaya, and more.3

Recommended vitamin A supplement:

Solgar® Dry Vitamin A

If your diet does not contain enough vitamin A, taking a supplement is an easy way to get your daily dose. Solgar® Dry Vitamin A supports healthy skin, as well as eye health and immune health.* And, it’s vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, and kosher!


Vitamin E for antioxidants

Vitamin E is an important ingredient in many skincare products, and for good reason. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant naturally found on the outermost skin surface. It also functions as an antioxidant helping to fight against free radicals.* Free radicals such as those from pollution, UV rays, and other stressors can cause oxidative stress, which may damage cells – including skin cells.4

Recommended vitamin E supplement:

Solgar® Vitamin E

One easy vitamin E softgel taken daily may help support healthy skin, fight free radicals, plus support a healthy immune and cardiovascular system.* These oil-based softgels are easy to swallow and easy for your body to absorb.

Or, explore our extensive list of vitamin E supplements to find one that’s right for you.


5. Zinc for healthy skin

Zinc is a component of more than 300 enzymes involved in many bodily functions, including the growth and division of cells.* Through this role, zinc assists rapidly dividing white blood cells for supporting immune health.*

Additionally, zinc is also involved in the enzyme collagenase, which is important for helping to maintain healthy skin.* Zinc also functions in the role of an antioxidant in the fight against free radicals.5

Recommended zinc supplement:

Solgar® Chelated Zinc

Solgar®’s Chelated Zinc supplement helps support healthy skin and eyes and is a highly-absorbable, chelated form of zinc that is gentle on the stomach.*

Or, find the perfect zinc supplement for your needs here.


6. Evening Primrose Oil for healthy skin

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Evening Primrose oil is a natural source of the unsaturated fatty acid GLA (gamma-linolenic acid). In fact, Evening Primrose oil is one of the most concentrated sources of GLA. GLA is a type of omega-6 fatty acid that can help to nutritionally support healthy skin and can help occasionally dry skin.*

While our bodies can naturally synthesize GLA from linoleic acid, the biological conversion amounts to less than 10 percent from linoleic acid in the diet. Supplementation can help to obtain more GLA to support skin health.*

Recommended evening primrose oil supplement:

Solgar® Evening Primrose Oil

Solgar® Evening Primrose Oil Softgels are made by cold-pressing the seeds of the evening primrose plant. One softgel, taken daily, helps promote healthy skin and can help with occasional dry skin.*


7. Astaxanthin for healthy skin

Astaxanthin (pronounced a-stuh-zan-thn) is a reddish pigment that belongs to a group of substances called carotenoids. It occurs naturally in certain algae and causes the pink or red color in salmon, trout, lobster, shrimp, and other seafood.6

And while you may not have heard of carotenoids, you’ve probably heard of another category astaxanthin falls under: antioxidants. Astaxanthin can accumulate in the skin and help maintain the skin’s natural, healthy glow.*7 8 9

Recommended astaxanthin supplement:

Solgar® Natural Astaxanthin 5 mg Softgels

Each serving of this premium-quality supplement helps maintain healthy, glowing skin, help fight free radicals, and support healthy vision.*




Beauty comes from within

Topical treatments are only one step of an everyday beauty routine; healthy hair, skin, and nails are also a result of providing your body with the right vitamins and nutrients. Eating a balanced diet and taking additional supplements where necessary can help you both look and feel your best.

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