Is this the stuff that Charlie Sheen has been drinking or was that tigers blood? I digress, apparently Dragon’s blood is the new buzz word around the A list stars of Hollywood, who are forever in search of the latest skin care wonder treatment. Known as the ‘Liquid Face-lift’, Dragon’s blood contains various compounds in it that have special healing and volumising properties. The therapeutic properties of Dragon’s blood includes the following: antioxidants, diterpenes, phytosterols, simple phenols, and biologically active alkaloids and lignans.
The most well-known active components in Dragon’s blood are an alkaloid named apsine and a lignan named dimethylcedrusine. Tapsine has been documented to have anti-inflammatory and wound-healing actions, and when combined with the proanthocyanidins, also shows anti-viral activities. Dragons blood is truly a ‘wonder’ ingredient which is included in beauty creams and anti acne lotions.
It has a wonderful anti-inflammatory quality and has been proven to stimulate human skin fibroblast – which in turn helps to heal the skin. It also has a protective action on the skin and coupled with the wonderful anti-bacterial properties, makes it a natural to be included in products to fight acne.
Dragon’s blood also works to add essential volume to hollowing skin. It can plump, sculpt and lift the skin of the face and it protects against anti ageing as it has very good anti-oxidant properties which also help to protect the DNA in the skin cells, which then protects the skin from genetic alteration. When applied topically, Dragon’s blood dries quickly to form a barrier, much like a second skin.
This protective shield helps regenerate the skin and prevents further damage with its anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and antioxidant qualities. Although Dragon’s blood contains many great separate quality ingredients, it is the combination of these within the blood that makes it so special. As ex-USDA economic botanist Dr. James Duke tells us, “The whole was better than the sum of its parts. Synergy makes the whole herb stronger; diversity makes the rainforest stronger.”
When applied externally, the unique properties of Dragon’s blood make it an excellent addition to cosmetic applications for targeting protection, anti-aging, and general wellness of skin. Because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects, Dragon’s blood features as one of the active ingredients in Dermaxime’s Problem Skin Range and in Rodial’s new Dragon’s Blood, £75, which plumps facial hollows and ‘orbital troughs’ under and around the eyes, as well as giving cheek volume and contouring of the chin, forehead and nose. It is also found in Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Resurfacer. This serum helps repair, resurface, regenerate and renew from the very first application.
The product is made from the red sap of the Dragon Blood Tree, so rare it is only found on the Island of Soqotra, Yemen and is apparently a favourite of star singer Lady Gaga. For products please see below:
Skip the laser but get the results! Recapture your youth with this Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Resurfacer. This serum helps repair, resurface, regenerate and renew from the very first application. Help lessen the noticeable signs of ageing, UV and environmental damage with this Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Resurfacer. This serum lessens damage while dramatically improving texture and tone to leave your skin looking gorgeous! Directions of use: Apply to cleansed skin twice daily. Follow with moisturiser and/or SPF protection. If using with Un-Wrinkle serum, apply Un-Wrinkle first. For optimal results use twice daily and with continued use. Buy from UK.Shop.com.
Dermaxime Rejuvenating Face Wash 125ml $57
In order to obtain and keep a youthful looking skin you have to start your skin care regimen with a superb cleanser – and here our Rejuvenating Face Wash covers all bases – for you to have a clean, clear and healthy looking complexion. Apart from the “cleansing” ingredients we also included a host of active ingredients to not only clean your skin, but also to help your skin cope with the daily onslaught of pollutants and environmental factors.
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel is an innovative anti–ageing formula which reduces the appearance of wrinkles while smoothing and plumping skin. This amazing product works by forming a second film–like skin around the face to protect, reduce redness and firm the skin. Skin will appear volumised while the elasticity and tonicity will be improved. With continued use skin is left looking dramatically defined and volumised with a firmer appearance around the jaw line and cheek bones are given improved tonicity. Buy from Selfridges.com.