What Is Dragon's Blood?
No, despite the headline this is not a post about some mythical dragon’s blood. It’s just the name due to the natural dark red that looks similarly like blood. Hence, the name. But honestly, the interest regarding the use of dragon’s blood and its benefits are growing, that I’m sure can be beneficial for you to know. Read on.
For a start, dragon’s blood is a plant resin occurring naturally from various tropical tree species known as the dragon tree, with the resin is commonly used for years from the ancient Greeks and Romans, to Asian countries such as India and China.
And since dragon's blood are quite stable and molded into different forms, it’s not surprising that you can find it as the main ingredient in face creams, serums, lip balm, and masks with benefits touted to be the key to unlock the true beauty of your skin.
The sweet-smelling resin is mainly used not only for health and medicinal properties but also for incense and coloring. Some of the benefits include:
What’s So Good About Dragon's Blood?
The sap is most commonly used as an ingredient to treat a wound, thanks to a compound known as tapsine, a tissue-healing agent. In fact, in one randomized, clinical study the remedy shows that it speeds up the process (as it has been shown for years), thanks to several compounds in the sap that helps to assist with our body’s natural healing mechanism, for effective wound healing.
This is also closely related to their second main benefit that is dragon’s blood has anti-bacterial properties that are super beneficial for your skin. The antioxidant phenols, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial activities in the sap not only useful for food preservation but also to protect your skin from bacteria, especially to prevent you from getting an infection that is handy especially if you have acne and/or blackhead-prone skin.
And yes, dragon’s blood is also good for skin care, especially in anti-aging. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits of dragon’s blood, this just might be your favorite ingredient to maintain the youthfulness of the skin.
Both of the properties here are excellent to reduce redness, swelling, and itchiness of the skin (especially from acne) and the sap also contain a group of a compound known as proanthocyanidins that repair and improve collagen fiber network underneath the skin, as well as stimulating fibroblasts production for younger-looking skin.
Plus, dragon’s blood also works to protect your skin by forming a thin, protective barrier to help to lock the moisture in so your skin stays supple and thoroughly hydrated.
Surely, dragon’s blood is still in infancy when it comes to beauty. But since it works for years as traditional medicine, I don’t see why it won’t be the next breakthrough ingredient (with a little refinement from tech) that you can use in your skincare routine. Even Kylie Jenner is a big fan of it.