Tried & Tested: Where Do They Get Dragon’s Blood From Anyway?
Posted by Rachael Funnell in Skin Care
As you might already be aware, this February we awarded our brand of the month to the revolutionary brand Rodial. Pioneers in skin care, the creators at Rodial are always willing to push the boundaries of conventional skin care ingredients. Earlier in the month we took a look at their venomous Snake range, which uses a clever synthetic venom to freeze fine lines in similar way to that of real snake venom, you can read more on it here. This week we decided to tackle one of Rodial’s more perplexing ingredients: Dragon’s Blood. What is it? Where does it come from? And ultimately, just why? Allow us to explain all…
As much as we’d love to believe that Dragons existed, sadly (as of yet) it’s fairly widely agreed that they don’t. "So where on earth have Rodial produced this Dragon’s Blood from?" I hear you ask. The Dragon’s Blood ingredient, commonly used in traditional medicines, comes from a particular type of tree found in South America called the Dragon Tree, so named because when it is cut the bark weeps a deep, red, blood-like sap. When applied topically this tree sap has been found to have highly beneficial anti-inflammatory effects, whilst also plumping skin and preventing future sagging. It’s a hot product currently on the market having achieved the celebrity seal of approval from top names including Lady Gaga and Angelina Jolie. But what does it actually feel like? Our resident beauty writer Rachael Funnell stepped up to find out.
The first product I thought I’d try out was the Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks £39 which boast a bio-cellulose technology designed to de-puff and and act like a second protective layer of skin. As someone who suffers frequently with puffy eyes (they seem to blow up like balloons at the slightest sign of trouble) I was very interested to try out this product and see if it really did what it said on the tin. After a rather heavy night out full of salty snacks, prosecco and bad decisions I was sporting some sizeable bags under my eyes and knew that this morning was the perfect time to put these masks to the test. Now whilst the curve of the mask didn’t seem to fit perfectly to my eye shape (but to be fair, there’s no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to faces) the cooling effects of the mask were undeniably heavenly and as I sat back with my orange juice and the soothing sounds of radio 4, the hangover didn’t seem so bad anymore.
I left the patches under my eyes for the advised 30 minutes and after removing, gently massaged the residual product into my skin. The bags under my eyes, whilst still visible in terms of pigment, were definitely de-puffed and I looked less like someone who had been burning the midnight oil for sure. Whilst the mask had no effect on my shiny, swollen upper lids, I used some of the residual product to rub above the eyes, which didn't improve the appearance as much but it certainly made them feel better. I think this is definitely a great product to pop on before an event for beautifully fresh looking eyes.
I also put the Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel £53.21 to the test and applied this gorgeously scented product for a week. This revolutionary anti-ageing gel is designed to define facial contours by plumping sagging skin and stimulating the production of collagen, a vital type of connective tissue which maintains firmness of the skin. This is one of the best-selling products from Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood range so I was very excited to see if this product lived up to all the hype.
After just a few days of using this product I found my skin felt smoother and far more balanced. As someone who often suffers from random bouts of oily skin it was refreshing to see my skin was healthier, with a natural glow that didn’t descend into blinding shine. The area of my face which I find has a tendency to look a little lack lustre is definitely around the eyes and after 7 days of using this luxurious product, I felt I could visibly see a difference in the firmness of my skin. I feel the true benefits of this product become apparent after long term use, so whilst it might not vanish wrinkles overnight, this is potentially a long term solution to sagging skin meaning painful (and expensive) fillers can become a thing of the past.
The Dragon Blood range is just one of many weird and wonderful collections from the revolutionary Rodial brand, with other's featuring ingredients such as Bee Venom and Snake Venom. If you'd like to read more about Rodial you can read our feature on them for Brand Of The Month.
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