Would you try dragon's blood products?

Friday, 2 May 2014 - 7:05am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

This exotically-named sap from the Dragon Tree is said to tighten skin and have many antibacterial properties. But do these really work?

In the quest for radiant and youthful looking skin, a number of naturally-found ingredients are being incorporated in beauty products. Dragon's blood, may not be new as it has long been used in Chinese Medicine, but in the last couple of years it has become a much sought after item in cosmetics too. The sap from the Dragon Tree, that's often called dragon's blood, is said have many positive benefits for the skin. It has many antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that help heal cuts, insect bites, sores and rashes. It helps protect the cells of the skin, and reduces redness and swelling, also containing a group of compounds called proanthocyanidins, which repair collagen. Singing diva Lady Gaga has revealed that she's a fan of Dragon's blood and even Angelina Jolie is said to be a believer. A number of skincare brands like Rodial, Wei Beauty and Rainforest Pharmacy have created a line of face creams, serums, sculpting gels and eye creams using this. Its anti-ageing properties particularly make it a winner for its ability to lift, firm and tighten sagging skin.

Dr Apratim Goel, dermatologist, Cutis Skin Studio says one shouldn't expect magical results. "I have used a night cream containing dragon blood, but personally felt it was just a glorified moisturiser. It did plump and hydrate my skin but the effect was nowhere close to filler injections. Those interested can still try creams, masks, lip balms and under eye serums available which contains dragon blood . This can be used in combination with sunscreen in the morning. It is said to contain strong antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. However, its effect on collagen synthesis in skin is not yet scientifically proven. One can still use it to hydrate the skin and make it glowing and soft," she says.

Recently, more natural products are being incorporated into beauty products to improve the safety profile of the product, explains Dr Geetanjali Nandini, Cosmetic Dermatologist, Skin Nirvana. "Dragon's blood is a resin of a tree and offers many healing properties to the skin. It can be used as a night serum, for its healing properties or be given orally. It works as it heals the damage that has occurred to the skin as a result of sun exposure and prevents excessive damage to the collagen which is the main cause for sagging," she says.

Tisha Kapur Khurana, beauty expert, Bottega di LungaVita says Dragon's blood because of its medicinal and beauty enhancing properties is making its way into the mainstream beauty industry. "You can use the liquid resin or tincture of the Dragon Blood as part of your daily routine. It is a rare ingredient as it is grown in the Croton Uechleri trees found in the Amazon Rainforest of South America. A few drops applied directly to the skin reduces infection and swelling due to rashes or acne. It also minimises scarring and lightens sun spots and will even shrink and lighten dark moles and skin tans."

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