Unsurprisingly, there are no winged reptiles involved with dragon’s blood. Also called Sangre de Drago, dragon’s blood is a resin, sap, extracted from a tree indigenous to South America – Croton lechleri. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
As this tree is commonly referred to as “dragon tree” and its sap has a vibrant deep red 🩸 colour, the red resin received the name of Dragon’s Blood.
Dragon trees native to South America and Asia
Here are some interesting facts about this ingredient:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- 🩸Dragon’s blood has been used for thousands of years and its native Amazonia it is used as primary topical aid for pretty much anything skin-related. In local homes it is as common as bandages.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- 🩸 When the sap is rubbed onto skin, it forms a thin layer, like a very fine additional skin membrane.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- 🩸 Dragon’s blood is naturally rich in phenolic antioxidants that prevent damage to DNA from free radicals. These phenolic compounds have also been found to strengthen the immune system and makes cells more resistant to cancer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Anti-inflammatory properties of Dragon’s Blood have been well-researched. Additionally, the sap contains a compound called proanthocyanidin that repairs collagen, and taspine, a known tissue-healing agent. The combination of these naturally-occurring compounds makes Dragon’s Blood and amazing skincare ingredient, especially great for sensitive, inflamed and mature skin.
To collect Dragon’s Blood deep diagonal cuts are made in the tree trunk
Aly JUST ONE SLEEP all-you-need night treatment with Dragon’s Blood powder
The vibrant rich red colour of the Dragon’s Blood powder gives skincare products a unique non-white appearance. In Aly's JUST ONE SLEEP restorative night cream treatment that colour is toffee-like: a result of the golden Sea Buckthorn oil with added Dragon’s Blood.