23 Mar 2015 77 comments

Everyday Beauty Supplements.


I always think it’s more important to watch what goes in to your body, rather than on to it – so I try to eat well and nourish my body rather than just slathering on the skincare. I take a lot of supplements because my immune system is a bit of a wimp, and also because I think they do a lot of good in a lot of ways. I look a whole lot better when I’ve been looking after myself, basically.

I take quite a few supplements – some a few times a week (as and when I remember) and some daily, and I’ve pretty much figured out what makes a difference, so I thought I’d share my findings.

I get low on iron all the time, to the point where I’m constantly sleeping, feeling super shivery and cold in the evenings and crave chocolate non-stop – it’s horrendous. What’s worse is that the iron tablets don’t agree with me, so I have to take the liquid stuff! It tastes like licking a metal railing – vile. I just get the Spatone Natural Iron, and mix it in with some strong juice or my morning smoothie. I got the apple flavoured stuff recently, but it’s just as gross as the original – you would think that by 2015, we would have iron that doesn’t taste like iron, but nope.
Anyway, I definitely think women should be taking iron supplements because it just doesn’t seem like we can ever get enough. I don’t eat a lot of red meat, but I do eat spinach etc. that’s packed with iron and I still have to take the supplements daily. Just my thoughts!

I always remember to take a multi-vitamin each day, it’s kind of programmed in to me as my mum is obsessed with taking supplements. I think I just get whatever is on special in Boots, but usually the High Strength ones. I know you need vitamin C to help with the absorption of iron, and this is basically everything in one handy pill.

B Vitamins
I used to get ill all the time until I discovered the goodness of B Vitamins! If you constantly feel drained, run down, find it hard to get up in the morning even after a good nights sleep, get some B Complex in you. I have both B Complex (for energy) and High Strength B6 (for hormones and to reduce tiredness – this is in the B Complexion but I sometimes just take one of these instead) and they work so well.
I always know when I need more B vitamins because my mouth starts getting sore and I get ulcers. Every so often, especially through winter, I’ll buy a pack of the Vitamin B12 Patches – these are AMAZING and I cannot recommend them enough. If you hate taking tablets, always forget or just need a big dose of Vitamin B, these are for you. You put a patch on (they’re small, pink patches – I tend to place them on my hip bone) for 24hours once per week, and you get 6weeks worth in the pack.
They are life-changing, highly recommend!

Cod Liver Oil
I remember my biology teacher at school once saying that if you take one vitamin, make sure it’s Cod Liver Oil. I just get any old cheap ones at Boots as my supplement obsession really does get expensive, but I know some people like to pay more for these and get fancy ones so you don’t get fish burps. My mum always made us take these as a kid so I’m used to the fish burps, but I try to take them while I have a meal to avoid it. I once bought High Strength pills and they were HUGE, and I couldn’t swallow them so now I just take two normal sized ones when I remember. Great story, huh?

Evening Primrose Oil
My mum convinced me to start taking this recently, to help with hormones and my hormonal acne. Since I’ve been taking it, my skin has really cleared up – but who knows. I’ve only been taking it a month or so but I know a lot of people swear by it, so I’m keeping at it!

That’s pretty much it for everyday vitamins, I think that’s enough to keep me going and feeling my best. I rarely get ill now, and I know what works for me and when it’s time to take it.

Are you a supplement fiend?

  • Karen Flynn

    Great post. I’m away to buy all of these now!

  • I don’t take any supplements, I’m not sure if that is a bad thing, but I am only 16 and don’t think I need to at this moment in time. I probably should look into it though !


  • I’ve never been a fan of supplements, I have memories of being forced to take cod liver oil (liquid) as a child. Bad times lol.


  • Abby Smith

    I really need to start taking more supplements; my mum recommended primrose oil to me too for that time of the month haha. Have you found that it’s worked?

    Abby | Eärendil

  • I don’t take any supplements, I’ve never really felt any need too! Maybe as I get a bit older. But at 24, I’m not convinced these are going to do me any favours.

    Who knows, maybe I’m far too anti-supplements and they’d actually do me some good. But for now, I’m as tablet free as I can be.

    Rented Ambition

    • Sometimes I think it’s psychological but if it’s working, who cares! Haha 🙂

  • great to read about this! I have recently started taking my supplements again after being off them for a while. I am super stressed at work and always in a depressed/catatonic mood at home so I want to try to fix it. I am taking Cranberry+VitC (gotta love UTIs), fish oil, biotin and a multivit but i think I’ll go get a blood test to check my iron because what you say sounds a lot like me..Thanks!

    • Yep, probably need more B vitamins and iron! I have to remember to take them all the time or I just become a zombie – sleepy and like I’m coming down with a cold, all the time.
      I started taking Biotin but I’m convinced it gave me a moustache!! Should I persevere?! x

      • hmmm moustache is a side effect (and fast growing leg hair) but I just thread it away when i get my brows done (lovely italian genes)..on the positive side my hair and nails thrive! I will talk to my gp asap to see what/how much iron to take 🙂

  • Your blog pictures are always so beautiful – how do you make tablets look so good!? x
    Ally | http://www.uptownpeach.blogspot.co.uk

  • Aaliyah

    I too am a supplement fiend! I always make sure to take a multi vitamin & vitamin d everyday.

    On a side note just a suggestion, could you please make the font colour of your links a little darker? They’re pretty hard to see on my computer and I’d really appreciate it. 🙂

    Btw loving the new design! 🙂

    Aaliyah | http://www.thelifeofaaliyah.com

    • Ahh, I should probably be taking vitamin D too – I think it’s in the multivitamins I take though. Scotland gets NO sun so I’m definitely deficient.

      And yep, I will do that now, thanks for letting me know 🙂 x

  • SophieAgnes

    I just started taking zinc and iron and wanted to write something about it as well 😀 ♥

  • Pixiedots

    Whilst all leafy greens do contain iron, the vast amount of plant-based iron from food comes from legumes (beans and lentils) and whole-grains.
    Spinach (unlike kale) contains high amount of iron absorption-inhibiting substances, such as oxalates, which makes it a dubious source of iron. It is once again one of the well-spread myths, alike the one that oranges are the best source of vitamin C (the best would actually be a bell pepper). You are much better off taking one tablespoon of blackstrap molasses, switching from spinach to kale and including some lentils, whole-grains, nuts and seeds into your diet.

  • emily couture

    great post and useful tips 🙂

    emily xx


  • Olivia

    B vitamins changed my life too! i used to constandly have huge ulcers and couldnt find a way to get rid, then my friend with ME said her Dr had reccomended B vits and i cant belive what a difference it makes! I will look into evening primose oil now too! Thanks Kate 🙂

  • I agree that the skin needs nourishment from the inside, not only from the outside. I think the main problem is the hormones, because I feel like a lot of women have problems with them and they can affect your whole body SO much (it sometimes really freaks me out!). I found that when I get the hormonal spot, a zinc oxide cream is the best I can get and it keeps those red dots that can become spots at bay and disappear after one night.
    Also, sugar is really bad for your skin, but I think we all know that by now.
    It can also sometimes be that you don’t have an intolerance, but just can’t digest for example milk well and it can cause you to break out.
    After all, everybody is different and there are so many things that can affect our body, our mind and our skin! Stress, food, hormones…

  • Bomb Cosmetics

    Brilliant – thanks for this Kate.
    We went to our local Health shop a few weeks ago but got a bit overwhelmed by the amount of different supplements there were! Definitely going to give some of these a try.


  • I was actually having a convo the other day about taking vitamins, I’ve written all of these down think I’m going to give them a try! Hopefully I stop feeling super tired all the time and my hormonal acne Disappears! Thanks so much for this. Bonitarochelle.co.uk

  • Maggie

    I seriously need to get on the vitamins asap! The primrose and vit B sound amazing!


  • Vivian Yuen

    My mum got me into the habit of taking cod liver oil, so I have her to thank!



  • Spatone is not the nicest but I take it as I’m veggie and it really works. A great way to get iron also is eating vitamin c with iron like red peppers with kidney beans. So basically lots of mexican food!

  • I have been thinking about beauty supplements for a while however when you enter the health food shop it all just becomes a little overwhelming. After reading this I am defiantly going to start taking some of these.

    Beth x

  • Jennifer Frank

    We’ve never been a family to take vitamins but I’ve found myself so tired and unable to get up in the mornings lately so I’m going to nab your idea and get myself some vitamin B in my life – thanks for the post! Love Jen, http://www.jennifersjournal.co.uk xx

  • I used to take a multivitamin and fish oil pills every day but have fallen out of the habit. This has motivated me to start again, and I think I’m going to look into the Evening Primrose Oil supplements as well!

    Kelsey | kelseybeauty.blogspot.com

  • Eilidh

    I really need to start taking some vitamins! I am meant to take iron but just dont… its so important to think about what goes into your body though!

    Eilidh from Velvet Winter

  • These sound good and very informative. I take biotin for my hair but I should start taking more to help my skin.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin’ |

  • Julie

    I have been reading your blog for a while now and really enjoy it.
    This is the first time I have commented but for hormonal acne, PMS and the likes try Vitex, the brand Fusion Health does the best one but I suppose any Vitex supplements would be ok. I have had 5 children and after the latest my hormones have caused all sorts of problems, big under skin blind pimple/cysts the worst, but this has changed all that for the complete better! I was told to use their Skin Tonic as well because it helps detox and the liver so I did that for 3 months and the change was huge. The lady at the health shop said if it didn’t work in 3 months it probably wouldn’t help, but you do have to give it the full 3 months.
    I really needed to tell you about it and others suffering because it can really affect your self esteem.
    Any way have a bit of a Google about Vitex and maybe it may help some.

  • Kelli

    I’ve always had a very low immune system, to the point where I would be ill a couple of times a month, and the common cold would take me at least a week to get over. I began taking vitamins on the recommendation of a friend (vitamin C, garlic and Zinc for immunity), and although they take a couple of months to make a noticeable difference I have to say I can’t live without them now. I’m rarely sick and when I do get sick it’s bearable and lasts only a day or two, with symptoms being a lot less severe. So far I’ve yet to notice a difference in my hormonal breakouts from using oil of evening primrose but I’m only taking the lowest dose so may try getting the stronger ones.

  • Tanya

    Great post – I’ve added evening primrose oil to my shopping list because my skin is just a complete mess right now. Hopefully it works for me! Eeeeek!

    Love Tanya


  • Lemonworld Times

    Not sure you should really be recommending people to take iron supplements without consulting their doctors. There is no point taking it unless you have a blood test saying that you are low in iron. It is actually quite dangerous to increase iron levels, nearly as bad as the former! Don’t mean to sound rude btw, just an fyi!

  • Poppy Kay

    Need to try the evening primrose oil ones for my skin. Such a helpful post!


  • Rachael Adams

    I really don’t take any supplements but I think I probably should as I get really dark circles around my eyes and I’m always feeling tired. I used to take those Bassett’s soft and chewy vitamins when I was young and they tasted amazing!

  • Stacey Louise

    Really helpful post. I try and take multivitamins everyday but I think I need to get a few more in me!

    fixmeinfortyfivex.blogspot.co.uk – A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog


  • Mae

    Evening Primrose Oil has been my savior. My acne has gone away and it used to be terrible when I was around my period! And I don’t bloat as much taking it.

    • I’m finding this too… wasn’t sure if it was just coincidence so going to keep it up! x

  • Lys

    This post is really helpful. I have been taking iron supplements and multivitamins on and off, I would use them for a month and then none at all for a year. I really want to start taking vitamins again, I just don’t know which ones, so the list you gave here helps a lot!

  • Lucy Birchall

    I’ve got a bit of a love hate relationship with supplements, usually when I’m eating super well I just think what’s the point but there comes a time when things slip and eventually I realise my body’s craving loads of vitamins that I crack open the bottles and start dosing up on them just to help me feel better quicker. Vitamin D3 is the one vitamin people, especially in the UK, really struggle with but it’s so difficult to ingest; and it’s also best to get from the sun but then it’s very difficult to get it from the sun due to sun damage etc… ah!!
    High Strength B6 sounds like something I could do with taking, and potentially Evening Primrose Oil, though I swear there’s always controversy/issues surrounding it?
    Really enjoyed this, Kate!

    She’s So Lucy

  • Thanks for the advice! I am currently sick right now ^_^


  • I’ve been thinking that I need to start taking some supplements but didn’t even know where to begin so this post is super helpful! I’m not a massive meat-eater and also always feel sleepy and crave chocolate so definitely think I need to give iron tablets a go! xx


  • I really enjoyed reading this. Thank you so much for sharing Kate!

  • B12 patches? Oh my gosh, I have to try them! I am pretty good about taking supplements, but I consistently forget to buy/take a B12 supplement. A patch sounds amazing.

  • As I’m vegan, I always need to take protein supplements and such, but I’ve never tried anything else so thanks for sharing! x

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  • Being vegetarian I always try and make sure to take supplements to ensure i’m getting my full amount of vitamins. I’ve heard evening primrose is good for clearing up breakouts! I keep meaning to give them a try.

    Antonia x | Fifi and the Diamonds

  • I’m waiting to see if I should start taking supplements for my illness however the only thing I’ve ever tried before is Cod liver oil tablets. This was because of my joints but you can’t tell if they work or not so I gave up xo


  • Oh gosh Evening Primrose Oil is the best!!! 🙂

  • Hush Hush

    I’m also using primrose oil, it’s the best!


  • I really need to get back into taking supplements! Am totally going to be checking out Primrose Oil!

    Georgina | Baby Rebel

  • Naomi Shiek

    I’m going to read up on primrose oil and cod liver oil because I never heard of them but they sound like just what I’m missing!

  • I love primrose oil for acne but for some reason it’s made me start breaking out on my forehead which is really weird because I never get spots there. I’ve looked online and that does happen to some people so just be aware! I’m also always really low on iron but does it really contribute to chocolate cravings??

    Tia | at0ut.blogspot.co.uk

  • I’m constantly low on iron (but the supplements all taste so gross) and probably everything else you mentioned above but I just hate to take pills because it makes me feel as if I’m really ill and it scares the living crap out of me for some weird reason. However I started taking some Vitamin B pills during the dark winter days because I was just too sleepy… but I constantly forgot them and I guess I could need them right now, too.
    I should probably just get over myself and give it a try… so thanks for the input, I guess.

  • Anceeta Martis

    I read many places that multivitamins are bad for us so I stopped taking them. Right now I only take Omega 3/6/9 and biotin from skin and hair.


  • Iron and Cod Liver Oil are so important!!


  • I take iron tablets and multi vitamins everyday!

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  • Ever since I got hyporthyroidism I’ve struggled with lack of iron, vitamin D and I’m so happy to see a blogger addressing this topic rather than always sticking to the makeup and skincare 🙂 Great post! 🙂

    Scandinavian beauty blog – http://www.willowjolie.com

  • I’ve tried the odd supplement but found they often make me feel queasy after a while 🙁

  • Siobhan James

    I don’t know why I haven’t ever thought of taking Iron tablets. I constantly feel weak and tired, so maybe that’s why! Iron tablets, here i come! Thanks for sharing 🙂


  • I’m also taking the Spatone (the apple flavoured one). It does taste horrible but it has really helped with my anemia. I used to have major issue with hair loss because of being anemic but ever since taking Spatone my hair has grown back to thick and healthy again. Would highly recommend this to anyone. xx

  • This is so great! The vitamin isle at Whole Foods is WAY too overwhelming 🙂


  • Sarah Ross

    I swear by Aloe Vera tablets! They boost my immune system so much!

  • I always take fish oil (Omega 3), and it really helps with my hair and nails!


  • Georgina

    Love this post – very helpful! I take skin, hair and nail vitamins from boots which make my hair and nails grow super long, but not sure they do much for my skin so I’m definitely going to try evening primrose oil!


  • I’ve been meaning to get on the vitamin bandwagon. I think I definitely need to start taking an iron supplement, I get tired ALOT! I do remember something about B vitamins being great for your immune system and energy levels… BRB off to raid Boots’ vitamin section!

    Hayley xo | http://www.sailor-stories.blogspot.co.uk

  • Omega 3 + Vitamin D are essential! Can’t go a day without either. A x


  • Beauty Bird

    I’m a total supplement fiend. I’d recommend checking out the Organic Burst range, they do a beauty bundle of Wheatgrass, Chlorella and Acai Berry which I love. All contain a bunch of amazing nutrients and vitamins for the skin xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

  • blogrekindled

    I take iron and B12 as I too have low iron levels. You sure feel it when you’ve skipped taking your tablets for a few weeks.

  • I’ve always found that taking a bunch of vitamins messes with my skin but after reading this, I might give it another go! Thanks for the post, Kate. You babe x

  • Niamh Rayne

    This is incredibly helpful! I’ve been looking into using more supplements recently as I’ve read a lot of stories about people praising them. I only take multi-vits with iron at the minute, but I’d love to start on all the ones you mentioned, especially evening primrose oil for my acne.
    Also, I’ve never heard of those B12 patches?! Great tip, thanks! x

    Niamh | rememberrayneblog.blogspot.ie

  • I’ve been taking a few vitamins – iron, vitamins for my skin, hair and nails and although I was skeptical for some reason in the beginning, i do realize a difference in my body. It’s a great way to keep out health and looks in check especially if were always too busy.

    Zoe Monroe, of itszoemonroe.blogspot.com

  • Katharina

    Hello there, I have a really random question, maybe you can help me out: Where did you buy that beautiful small bowl?
    Thanks in advance!



  • I’ve never thought about using these, but I’ve heard (including this post) that they’re really great x


  • Arthur Loughman

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  • Wow! Wonderful post and great advice. Skin care is one of the most important components of natural beauty. There are many products for skin care but supplement products are one of the most helpful for a attractive skin and beauty. Thanks for sharing valuable information.

  • Thank you for your article. It will definitely help me a lot…