Well, how could I resist a product that boasts dragon’s blood as the main ingredient?! I was intrigued from the moment I read about this, and more so after seeing it referred to as a ‘liquid facelift‘. Now I definitely don’t have any wrinkles yet, but at 27 my skin is just starting to change and I find myself regularly thinking about ways of keeping it plump and happy. Plus, my oily skin loves a gel more than anything else. So I eagerly began using the 7000BC Dragon’s Blood Anti Wrinkle Sculpting Gel* and was surprised at the results.
Now, I obviously have to begin with a little explanation of dragon’s blood, an ingredient that was made popular thanks to brands like Rodial and Skin Physics. It is actually a sap from the Sangre de Drago tree – which literally translates to dragon’s blood. It is found in northwestern South America, and is particularly common in the Amazon region, where it has long been used as a topical treatment for pretty much any skin condition/irritation thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. This sap actually contains a group of compounds called proanthocyanidins, which repair collagen and maintain the elastin in your connective tissue. The dragon’s blood protects against environmental damage and calms stressed skin, while plumping, sculpting and combating the signs of ageing.
The dragon’s blood works in collaboration with two other active ingredients. Hexapeptide 8 is included to firm the skin and gently iron out wrinkles. Alpha bisabolol is used to soothe and moisturize, and it is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal – it is commonly used in chamomile essential oils. While some of the ingredients are sourced from overseas, all 7000BC products are manufactured and packaged in Australia.
The 7000BC Gel comes in a 50ml tub (I received a 15ml sample tub, so the real product will be significantly bigger) with a really unique pump action that I haven’t come across before – and probably enjoyed a little too much, wasting product just to press down on the pump! The gel itself is quite thick, but you only need a small amount as it spreads really well. My skin lapped it up, and left it feeling hydrated without leaving any sticky residue.
After a full month of using this, I was actually amazed at the difference it made to my skin. I wasn’t expecting too much as I felt it was something for my mother more than myself – but my skin was noticeable plumper, especially around the eye area. It felt firmer without being tight, and my complexion was clearer and brighter. So I think that this would be a miracle cream for anyone with dry or ageing skin, and I would be fascinated to see it erase wrinkles (as I definitely believe it would!). I even noticed less irritation and acne while I was using this!
My only complaint about this product is the fun packaging – which, as it turns out, isn’t entirely practical. Because the pump reaches down into the hollow in the middle, and you end up with excess product around the rim. So you are forced to unscrew it to reach this. So as fun as the pump is, it might work better in a simple jar.
Would you be keen to purchase a product that contains dragon’s blood?
The fine print:
7000BC Dragon’s Blood Anti Wrinkle Gel 50ml RRP $70.00