A gentler way to peel

DBThe hottest buzz in skin care and anti-aging is from Asia. Korean and Japanese skin care lines – as well as products boasting ingredients from Traditional Chinese Medicine – are the new darlings of beauty editors and dermatologists. I am not surprised. I wrote a one of the first stories on cosmetic acupuncture for The National Post in Canada about 15 years ago that started the frenzy. I was recently interviewed about it again for a major beauty magazine. Most women love the combination because natural botanical ingredients feel and smell fabulous and are effective. 

Dragon’s Blood – resin from the Dragon’s Blood tree – is an ingredient used to heal wounds and treat stomach ailments. I recently tried City Cosmetics Dragon’s Blood Beauty Elixir. The company calls it “a deep skin renovator” with “all of the benefits of a traditional chemical peel without the pain.” I have tried it for past six weeks and I like it. It is a great alternative to harsh peels and definitely gives you a glow without the irritation of harsher peels. 

City Cosmetics has harnessed the antioxidant natural “phenols” in Dragon’s Blood resin and has also added bromelain and papain enzymes to gently exfoliate, soften, and brighten your skin. Dragon’s Blood resin also contains “taspine,” a compound prized for healing wounds and blemishes, along with natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties to soothe and restore skin
City Cosmetics Dragon’s Blood Beauty Elixir contains oat extract to fight irritation and hyaluronic acid, which is a super moisturizer. The company says that a few drops of Dragon’s Blood massaged into your skin daily to firm up your skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  It is designed to be used with Dragon’s Blood Restorative Cleanser, which I have not tried.