Demand for beauty supplements has steadily increased in recent years and shows no sign of slowing down. Beauty supplement products provide doses of various vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in order to enhance the outward-facing dimensions of a person’s health, such as their hair, skin, and nails.
The beauty supplement market is expected to reach $6 billion USD by 2024. It’s likely that with each passing year, a growing portion of beauty supplements will be sold in gummy form. Across all vitamin and supplement sectors, gummies continue to gain market share.
The growing beauty gummy industry offers fantastic opportunities for pharmaceutical manufacturers to expand their product lines and reach new customers.
If your manufacturing company is already producing other gummy vitamins or supplements, beauty supplements can be easily added to your operations. Your existing gummy-making procedures can be replicated after changing the active ingredients to use a beauty-oriented vitamin or mineral such as biotin.
In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know to start making hair, skin, and nails gummies at your facility. First, we’ll discuss the active ingredient—biotin—that distinguishes this category. Then, we’ll cover the beauty gummy production steps and the health considerations for beauty gummy manufacturers.
The most commonly used active ingredient in hair, skin, and nails gummies is biotin.
Biotin, or Vitamin B7, plays an important role in numerous metabolic processes in the human body. In particular, biotin helps with the utilization of fats, amino acids, and carbohydrates. Other active ingredients that are sometimes used in beauty gummies include zinc, hyaluronic acid, and Vitamin B6.
Gummies, including those made for hair, skin, and nail benefits, are made using the following three-step manufacturing process.
First, base ingredients are heated in a kettle into a slurry state. Base ingredients typically include water and gelatin or a gelatin alternative such as pectin or agar.
The slurry is then moved into a mixing tank where the final ingredients are added. These include ingredients added for flavor and color, citric acid for pH control, and active ingredients such as biotin to provide the supplement’s intended health benefits.
Next, the slurry is transferred to a depositor hopper. This machine feeds the sorting line precise amounts that enter pre-chilled and oiled molds. The filled molds are then moved through a chilling tunnel where they solidify. Cooled gummies are then taken out of their molds and loaded onto drying trays.
As an optional last step, coatings can be applied to the outer surface of the gummies.
Coatings are added to improve flavor and texture. Coatings also help with moisture control and stickiness reduction. Coating ingredients may include sugar, oil, citric acid, or food-grade wax.
After coatings are added, gummies are inspected for quality control. Quality control inspections may check for issues related to water activity, flavor and texture consistency, unit weight consistency, and units improperly sticking together.
When working with biotin and other active ingredients, manufacturers must consider the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended daily intake (RDI).
The FDA RDI for biotin is 30 micrograms. Biotin supplements often far exceed the RDI, with doses measured in 1,000s of micrograms.
Because biotin is water-soluble, excessive amounts are easily flushed out by the body and an overdose is extremely unlikely. According to GoodRx, there are no known cases of biotin overdose.
However, excessive biotin intake may cause side effects such as stomach aches or difficulty sleeping. High biotin levels may also interfere with lab test results.
Supplement manufacturers should carefully consider the potential benefits and side effects of different dose levels when determining how many micrograms of biotin to include in a product.
Biotin supplement product labels should advise consumers to consult with their physicians before beginning regular supplementation.
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