I Absolutely Swear By Beauty Supplements—These Are the Only Ones I Recommend

Working as a beauty journalist means I get to meet amazing experts and brand founders and attend insightful events. Whenever they’re centred around beauty supplements I am mostly impressed by the science-backed results that I come away adding another to my ever growing collection. I’ve really upped my supplement game over the last year as I’m approaching 30 and they act as a welcomed helping hand. Around 70% of our skin's protein is collagen, but from our twenties onwards, our body makes less of it. 

The first supplement I whole heartedly committed to was from Vida Glow––an ingestible beauty brand for hair, skin and nails. A few years ago I hosted an event with founder Anna Lahey and I was blown away with her knowledge, the science behind the line up and her skin––oh my goodness her skin was incredible. I knew she was the first person I had to reach out to.


(Image credit: @kimseidensticker)

If supplements can get us any closer to Kim's glow, we're in.

"The surface layer of skin, where traditional topical skincare operates, makes up for only 3% of the complete skin organ,” explains Lahey. "Ingestible beauty products start in the body, at a cellular level. So with ingestible beauty, you are able to address more of the skin, than just the superficial outer layers. Skin concerns might appear on the surface, but they begin much deeper. This is the advantage of using ingestible beauty, we can target skin concerns like pigmentation, acne and even wrinkles at the root cause and create tangible and long-lasting change.”

What Ingredients To Look For:

However with so many supplements out there, it’s hard to know where to start. "Everyone is different, depending on their own genetic makeup and lifestyle, so it's important to look at that first.” Notes global skin and wellness expert Marie Reynolds. "Obviously, antioxidants like Vitamins A,C, D (lack of vitamin D also shows in dull lacklustre skin) and E are key for all bodies to fight free radical attacks. The other key ingredients would be Omegas 3 & 6, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Astazanthen, Silica. You should also look out for adaptogens, especially Ashwagandha or Reishi - these fuel the adrenals which, when fatigued, show up in the body as brittle nails, weak and shedding hair.”

Her top tip when it comes to taking beauty supplements? "Don't just take them willy nilly. Look at a good 12-week programme and commit to it. It’s a waste of time and money just taking the odd supplement and expecting results. Also look at how you can eliminate stressors in your life, not just emotional stressors but also dietary toxins like processed foods, alcohol etc.”

Keep scrolling for the 11 beauty supplements I really rate.

1. Vida Glow Original Natural Marine Collagen

2. 8 Greens Effervescent Greens Supplement

3. Hair Gain Capsules

4. JSHealth Hair + Energy Capsules

5. The Organic Pharmacy 10 Day Detox Kit

6. Hum Nutrition Skin Squad Pre+Probiotic Clear Skin Supplement

7. Aime Pure Glow

8. Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Blue Filter

9. Marie Reynolds London Fungi Fusion

10. Naturya Turmeric Blend

11. Gold Collagen Pure

This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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Mollie Burdell is a freelance beauty editor, presenter and host. She trained as a makeup artist at the prestigious Delamar Academy, covering everything from prosthetics and theatre to TV and film, and then went on to graduate from university with a First Class Honours degree in journalism.

After completing internships at Grazia, Look, Cosmopolitan and Stylist, she landed her first writer role at Superdrug's Dare magazine. Mollie then joined the Harrods content team as a beauty writer before being promoted to the deputy beauty editor. There, she developed the content strategy, tone of voice and creative identity for H Beauty—Harrods's standalone regional beauty stores. When she wasn't interviewing the likes of Gigi Hadid, Miranda Kerr and Regé-Jean Page, you'd find her on a live broadcast, hosting an event, shooting video content, reviewing the lastest beauty launch on social or crafting a magazine feature. She has also hosted and contributed to the LuxeGirl by SheerLuxe YouTube series.

When Mollie isn't writing about beauty, you'll find her talking about it on a TikTok shop, dancing to pretty much anything with a beat, reading a crime thriller or performing a solo rendition of "One Day More" from Les Mis.