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December 30, 2020 4 min read
By Sean Lake

The hair and skin health market is dominated by a few buzzwords.

Terms like collagen and keratin are printed on the side of so many bottles, creams, shampoos and serums that they quickly lose their value. A few of these products might even allow you to improve your body from the outside, but we’re looking to accomplish something even more impressive: we want to help you fortify skin, hair and nail health from the inside.

How do we accomplish that?

Biotin, that’s how.

Meet the B-Team

When we say Vitamin B, what most people really are really referring to is Vitamin B Complex. And while we may call these vitamins the B team, they are anything but second-rate. There are a total of eight B vitamins making up the Vitamin B Complex, and each one plays an essential role in the body’s health. Many people can source sufficient vitamin intake from their diet, but when they don’t, it is pretty noticeable. Many people experience skin and mood issues when they don’t consume enough vitamin B. It is also imperative that women consume sufficient Vitamin B while pregnant, as it is vital to the health of mother and growing baby, especially in the forms of folate (or folic acid). This nutrient is responsible for the neurological health of the embryo.

One of these Vitamins, B7 to be precise, is Biotin.

What is Biotin, and What is it Good For?

While biotin and collagen are commonly associated with one another, they are actually two pretty unique compounds. Biotin is one of the many Vitamin B Complex vitamins. These vitamins are important for the creation and maintenance of red blood cells and cell metabolism. Vitamin B is also a known mood booster and promotes long-lasting energy. Biotin, also known as Vitamin H, is another name for Vitamin B7 and a critical member of the Vitamin B Complex. It helps the body convert food into energy. Biotin helps keep hair, skin, liver, nails, and even the nervous system healthy. Most adults are recommended 30 to 100 mg of biotin each day, and fortunately, most people consume enough biotin in their diets. Biotin can be sourced from many different foods, including milk, eggs, spinach, almonds, sweet potatoes and sunflower seeds. Biotin is a popular ingredient in many hair care products and vitamins geared toward beauty.

Collagen, on the other hand, is a protein accounting for nearly 35% of protein found in the body. Its stiff but sticky structure makes it great for providing scaffolding for many major structures in the body including connective tissue, bones, and even skin. We make collagen from amino acids in the food we eat, but we can also consume collagen peptides to promote collagen production. This is especially beneficial as we age because with time our collagen stores break down and production slows.

Collagen peptides are made of collagen protein that has been broken down into a size that the body can actually use. So while many products boast collagen (think hair and skin products) the benefits are minimal since the best way to absorb collagen is in the gut.

Collagen and Biotin - each unique building blocks for health and wellness - are two pivotal cornerstones in our Fountain of Youth Formula.

The Keratin Connection

Keratin is one of the main proteins that make up hair and nails, but it does more than that - it lines internal organs and provides structure to many glands. Biotin helps metabolize the amino acids used to build it. Since keratin is one of the main components of hair and nails, it follows that biotin is important for keeping hair and nails healthy and strong. Collagen peptides contain many of the amino acids needed to produce keratin, so consuming biotin and collagen together could aid in your body’s keratin production and help your follicles grow healthy hair.

Collagen and Biotin: Unlikely Best Friends

Collagen or biotin?

When it comes to these foundational compounds, both is better.

While collagen gets to work sealing the gut and giving structure to skin and connective tissue, biotin is busy with the other B vitamins regulating energy and facilitating healthy keratin production. At the end of the day, we really need both. Collagen is more of a carrier for biotin than a competitor.

You may notice that BUBS Fountain of Youth Formula also contains pantothenic acid. Together with collagen and biotin, you’ll enjoy a healthy blend of amino acids and vitamins for improved gut health, more energy, and, as an added bonus, healthier skin and hair.

Biotin Benefits, Courtesy of the BUBS Fountain of Youth

The BUBS Naturals Fountain of Youth Formula combines the best collagen peptides with biotin to promote healthy skin and nails. But we didn’t stop there: we added pantothenic acid to help the body use those nutrients well, Vitamin C for better absorption and the maqui berry for an extra burst of energy and fresh taste. If you’re wondering whether biotin or collagen offer a better option for clean energy, joint health and enhanced digestion, choose both - and choose the Fountain of Youth.