For many of us, the millennial schedule is infamously frantic – leaving us constantly feeling pressed for time. And more often than not, we tend to neglect our skin and adopt minimal routines or worse still, for some of us, the routine is reduced down to just slapping on some lotion before hitting the sack. However, it doesn’t take long for the neglected skin to react, become dry, dull and show early signs of pre-mature aging. In the coming month, we will be addressing this topic in greater depths.
Moving on, during the last month, I have been introducing some new products to my skin care routine and among them, Rodial’s Dragon Blood range has caught my attention.
While the name is a bit misleading, and I hear you, it sounds more like something from a scene in Game of Thrones, the main ingredient here, is a highly prized red resin or sap from Croton Lechleri (dragon’s blood) tree native to the Canary Islands and Morocco.
Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel
The curative sap has been used for medicinal purposes since the times of the Roman Empire. It’s anti-inflammatory property makes it ideal as a topical aid; protecting the skin and reducing redness and swelling.
It also contains a class of polyphenols, rich in antioxidants, called proanthocyanidins that helps in boosting the body’s endogenous collagen production. So here’s what antioxidants do: they scavenge reactive oxygen species (free radicals) that have the potential to cause cellular damage, which is thought to be responsible for some of the visible signs of ageing, including wrinkles. Together with hyaluronic acid and the other ingredients listed, the product claims to accelerate healing and functions by creating a barrier to lock in moisture.
Here’s what we know about the Dragons Blood range:
- The actives present in the gel help in plumping up the skin, which has led to them being marketed as an alternative to dermal fillers.
- With added peptides and hyaluronic acid, the range has become a bestseller, making it suitable for anyone concerned with skin hydration, redness, loss of volume and protection.
How to use it?
- To dispense the sculpting gel, you have to lift off the clear plastic lid on the top, and press the raised pink pad underneath. This will pump a metered dose of the gel up through the center hole.
- The gel is opaque white in color and not blood-red! It is very easy to apply and you can layer it over the skin.
- I have not experienced any allergic or unpleasant skin reaction while using it. However, as always I recommend testing it on a small area of your skin before using it over your face.
My skin felt hydrated, smoother and firmer post-application and the BB cream that I used during the day spread easily over it. Since I don’t have any noticeable wrinkles or fine lines around the eye area, it won’t be fair to comment on it’s effectiveness, but considering that my skin is sensitive, this has worked well so far and I’m happy with the results that I’ve seen.
It helps to calm red, irritated skin with an added bonus: serum face-lift.
At AED 520, it’s a pricey investment but it certainly does what it claims!
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Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks
The eye masks are super hydrating treatment masks saturated with Rodial’s Blood Dragon Complex. It’s especially useful if you have dry or dehydrated skin under your eyes and if you are prone to under-eye puffiness and/or redness.
- After 20 minutes of use, I noted that my skin was lusciously hydrated and appeared more firmer.
- Again, while I don’t have any visible fine lines around the eyes, I did notice a minor improvement in the under-eye puffiness.
- Also, it felt incredibly calming and refreshing!
At AED 45 for a mask, you can pop one in your hand bag for your long-haul flight. In Dubai, you can buy it online from Beauty Solutions, or find the complete range at Bloomingdales and Robinsons.
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Instaglam Compact Deluxe Contouring Powder
This is a perfect contour powder for light to medium skin tones! It’s available in two shades― original and dark. Original is a soft brown, matte shade. It is not very pigmented, but buildable, so you have the liberty to decide if you want to opt for a natural shadow or a more dramatic definition. Also, it is incredibly easy to blend and does not appear patchy on the skin.
Pricey, but also worth it! And can we talk about the packaging? So classy and chic! It’s also got a really handy mirror in the lid, which makes it ideal for popping it in your handbag when you’re on the go.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of the Rodial makeup or skincare range!