Vitamins for Hair, Nails & Skin

Healthy skin, nails and hair starts with what’s inside of you. Poor internal health and vitamin levels will exhibit themselves externally with symptoms like brittle nails, dry skin and lackluster hair. Bolster your natural beauty with a well-rounded diet that includes lots of the vitamins that can help with these specific body areas.


Biotin, also known as vitamin B7, helps with energy production and metabolism. Biotin supplements help improve the condition of brittle fingernails, and deficiencies of this vitamin lead to hair loss, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. It may also help increase the growth of your nails and your hair, reports a medical research study published in issue 51:303-307 of Cutis, a peer-reviewed journal of dermatology. Biotin is naturally found in foods like yeast and whole-wheat bread.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E may be used to help treat hair loss, though clinical evidence is uncertain, according to the University of Cincinnati. The university also says it may improve the condition of thinning or dry hair related to nutritional deficiencies. Vitamin E may also help improve the general condition of your skin, according to the University of California-Berkeley Health Services. Natural sources of vitamin E include some fruits, vegetables and lean meats.

Folic Acid

Para-aminobenzoic acid is part of folic acid, also known as Vitamin B9. Clermont College at the University of Cincinnati says it may help to prevent the appearance of gray hair.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A helps your body maintain your skin’s health, according to the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension. The University of California-Berkeley Health Services also notes that high vitamin A dietary intake may help reduce wrinkles. Dietary sources include fortified milk, liver and carrots.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C may help with various skin maladies, like dry or rough skin, and helps your body make collagen, an essential aspect of skin health, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Its antioxidant properties may also help with general hair and fingernail health, according to the University of Columbia’s Health Services, as it helps reduce the damage caused by harmful particles known as free radicals. Thus, many nail products contain vitamin C fortification. Dietary sources include citrus fruits, green or red bell peppers, and tomatoes, according to the University of California-Berkeley.

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