Feature image: MOTHER OF DRAGONS by Annie Stegg Fine Art

Dragon’s Blood has become an increasingly popular ingredient in beauty and skin care these days, and it’s not what you may think! It is a resin from the bright red sap of the Croton Lechleri tree (the Dragon’s Blood tree), native to South America.

Legend holds that the first dragon’s-blood tree sprouted from the blood of an injured dragon, and local townspeople used the extracts of the tree to heal their wounds.

Dragon’s blood is loaded with antioxidants, which help prevent the signs of premature aging. It is now often found in serums, eye creams, and moisturizers, where it is relied on to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, reduce puffiness and dark circles beneath the eyes, and improve skin firmness and elasticity.

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Gel

This lightweight gel helps tighten skin in the undereye area and protects skin from environmental aggressors, with dragon’s blood and pomegranate extract. dermstore.com

Shea Moisture Dragon’s Blood & Coffee Cherry Volume + Conditioner

With certified organic shea butter, cherry coffee, and dragon’s blood, this volumizing conditioner also softens and nourishes the hair. sheamoisture.com

Sunfeather Dragon’s Blood Soap

Olive oil, coconut oil, and rosemary and paprika extracts create a luxuriously moisturizing and spicy bath. jet.com

Mahalo Hawaiian Hydration

This luxurious serum is loaded with peptides, antioxidants, and botanicals like dragon’s blood to help repair dryness, breakouts, and inflammation. A little goes a long way! artofpure.com

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