Why your skin is desperate for Dragon’s Blood
Author: Danielle Cauchi Date Posted: 24 March 2021
Dragon’s Blood may be the Earth’s secret to anti-aging. But don’t worry, you won’t have to slay any dragons to get your hands on it.
Dragon’s Blood has made its way from Traditional Chinese Medicine treating wounds, chronic colitis, blood circulation and diarrheal conditions and into our face creams, lotions, masks, treatments and plumping serums.
Even celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Kylie Jenner have added it to their skincare regimes.
But what exactly is Dragon’s Blood and why didn’t Daenerys tell us about it?!
Sangre de grado (Spanish for "blood of the dragon") comes from the fruit of a variety of dragon trees – the genera Daemonoerops, Dracena, Pterocarpus and the Croton Lechleri tree of the Amazon. Not actual dragons.
The fruit oozes with a deep red-coloured natural organic plant resin, like a gum or sap, that protects the tree from pathogens, pests and other aggressors. It’s these protective qualities that make Dragon’s Blood so effective in healing and restoring the skin.
The cosmetic benefits of Dragon’s Blood
Dragon’s Blood is full of anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal compounds which can be used to treat a wide selection of skin concerns.
It’s a natural anti-aging solution
Dragon’s Blood, known as the ‘liquid facelift’, adds volume to the skin, lessens the appearance of wrinkles, improves the skin tone and fights off free radicals that cause premature aging.
It contains plant-based polyphenols (proanthocyanidins) that have been shown to repair collagen found in the skin tissue for a more plump, firm and youthful appearance.
It’s great for acne-prone skin
Dragon’s Blood acts as a ‘natural bandaid’ and has been used to treat cuts, grazes, wounds, rashes, insect stings and bites. Its anti-bacterial properties make it a great natural solution for treating and preventing acne as it clears bacteria and infection from the pores.
Active ingredient Tapsine, a tissue-healing alkaloid, possesses beneficial anti-inflammatory, wound-healing and anti-viral properties for treating acne-prone skin.
Phytochemicals, anti-inflammatory compounds and the moisturising properties of Dragon’s Blood protect and rejuvenate skin cells and calm redness, irritation and swelling that is typical of acne-prone skin. It defends the skin against external irritants to give it the chance to soothe and heal.
Dragon’s Blood also reduces the appearance of acne scars (or any scars for that matter) by stimulating the skin’s fibroblasts.
It’s deeply moisturising
Dragon’s Blood revives dry complexions and replenishes skin that has been victim to over-exfoliation through its highly moisturising properties.
The natural moisturising aspects calm irritation, promote a more plump and youthful appearance and can help to calm rashes, ease sunburn and ease the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.
Note: Due to its relatively newfound popularity, not much is known about the effect of Dragon’s Blood on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Exercise caution and talk to your doctor if you have any concerns. Consult your doctor before using Dragon’s Blood if you have a latex allergy or other health conditions.
Agree with Chelsea’s commentBy: Sandra on 6 April 2022Thank you Chelsea for clarifying to what this article says. You’re absolutely correct.
Second the comment aboveBy: Jenny on 2 April 2022I was utterly confused seeing photos of dragon's blood here. Please update the article
Wait a minuteBy: Chelsea on 25 November 2021I came across this article searching for dragon's blood. I am a skincare formulator and frequently use Dragon's blood in my formulations. This article is seriously misinforming. First of all the Dragon Fruit is a fruit that grows from a cactus, not the dragon tree, and is NOT AT ALL the same as Dragon's Blood. Dragon's blood is a dark red resin that comes from a tree (croton lechleri). This is the ingredient with all the benefits you speak of. Not Dragon fruit. Where dragon fruit may have it's benefits, the specific ones mentioned in this article belong to the resin. We all make mistakes and im not writing to embarrass anyone, it just pains me to see misinformation being displayed.