The croton lechleri tree originated in Yemen and dispersed across several continents, where indigenous cultures discovered that its sap has remarkable curative properties. This thick red sap or resin is more commonly referred to as dragon’s blood. Dragon’s blood has been used for centuries as a health supplement and beauty ingredient. A staple in traditional Chinese medicine, dragon’s blood may offer some antimicrobial protection against pathogens such as bacteria and fungi.
1. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power
Dragon’s bloodis rich in protective antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Dragon's blood sap helps to protect the cells of the skin and has been shown to reduce redness and swelling.According to Dr. Sejal Shah, a New York-based dermatologist, says that, in addition to having the potential to address concerns about the signs of ageing,"Because it forms a protective, second-skin barrier, it can boost the effects of hydrating ingredients and help lock moisture in."
2. A trio of powerful actives
Dragon’s blood contains the alkaloid taspine, which encourages wound healing and the formation of new tissue, which makes it perfect for use on skin that’s scarred by acne. It also contains proanthocyanidins, which reinforce and defend collagen fibres to promote skin firmness and elasticity. Dragon’s blood is also rich in polyphenols, whose antioxidant power protects your skin from free radical damage.
Dragon’s blood is recommended for all skin types, including dehydrated, sensitive and mature skin. (Please note: If you have a latex allergy, we recommend that you check with your doctor or dermatologist before starting to use dragon’s blood, as it comes from a similar type of tree.)
Dragon’s blood works well in combination with other products. It is safe for use alongside other key actives.
You will see the best results if you regularly apply a product containing dragon’s blood.
Centasoothe Botanical Serum S5 contains botanical extracts of dragon's blood and centella asiatica, which can help to rebuild collagen. Formulated for sensitive, damaged or inflamed skin, it is also recommended for use on scars. It can be used twice daily, after cleansing and before applying moisturiser.