If you’ve been looking for a way of reducing sagging skin and adding volume to your complexion, skincare products containing dragon’s blood could hold the key. Dragon’s blood might sound like something from fairy-tales involving knights and damsels in distress, but we promise no mythical creatures are used in the making of the Ekia Skincare range!
What is dragon’s blood?
This natural ingredient, used by indigenous tribes in South America for hundreds of years, is taken sustainably from the croton lechleri tree which is found in the Amazon rainforest. When the trunk is cut, red sap oozes out that looks like blood, which is the reason for its name.
It’s been used throughout history as a dye, varnish and incense resin. The Romans and Greeks used it for medicinal purposes, Chinese warriors applied it to battle wounds and it was seen as precious as frankincense and myrrh in ancient times. From the 17th century it’s been used to varnish wooden furniture and violins because of its rich colour and shine.
What are the benefits?
Dragon’s blood contains many naturally occurring compounds including proanthocyanidins (also known as condensed tannins), phytosterols (plant sterols), alkaloids and lignans. These compounds can help soothe your skin and reduce inflammation. They can also remove redness and, when applied to your skin, dragon’s blood creates a ‘second skin’ barrier which can help firm up your complexion.
It’s popular with celebrities, with Angelina Jolie, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue and Kylie Jenner all alleged to be fans of skincare products containing this wonder ingredient.
The Ekia range
Ekia have created an organic skincare range with dragon’s blood sap to help combat and reverse the signs of ageing. They have high antioxidant levels and are anti-pollution, protecting your skin from harmful environmental stressors.
Once you start using these products you should notice an improvement in your skin within a day. For instance, the Ekia Organic Crème Extrême boosts skin cells which are responsible for the production of collagen and elastin by up to 40%. It leaves skin feeling hydrated and firmer, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
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