Group marketing director Antoine Dauby explained: “Tropical environments yield many plants that offer benefits to health. The Amazon rainforest provides a wealth of traditional botanicals that demonstrate significant benefits to the skin when topically applied.”
“Dragon’s blood (Croton lechleri), called both Sangre de Drago and Sangre de Grado, is the primary topical aid for skin care,” he told CosmeticsDesign-Europe.com.
Treatment for injuries
Dauby explains that injuries of all kinds can benefit from the application of the healing red latex derived from this tree.
Thanks to its antioxidant activity it promotes and protects the skin, by improving each skin layer.
“Proven efficacy, ease of formulation and safety are key characteristics of this new ingredient. Backed by in vitro and ex vivo studies, Naturex Dragon’s Blood extract improves the stratification and quality of the new epidermis and contributes to a complete regeneration of the tissues, for skin rejuvenation,” said Dauby.
Positive reception at in-cosmetics
Naturex says that the active ingredient is fit for all skin care applications, and highlighted the positive feedback from the in-cosmetics show in Milan, where it showcased the new extract.
“This new active was very well received at in-cosmetics as this ingredient is innovative and meets consumers’ requirements in terms of efficacy, traditional use and sustainability,” commented Dauby.
“This increased awareness definitely helps to drive the growing use of natural actives. Naturex has applied its expertise to help identify the best source of certified raw materials that are effective in application whilst also being respectful to the environment,” he added.
Dragon’s blood contains a broad range of naturally occurring compounds, which helps to protect the cells of the skin and regenerate the whole tissue. It also contains taspine, which stimulates the early phase of the wound healing process, by stimulation of the fibroblasts.
Naturex obtain the dragon’s blood by cutting the bark in a diagonal manner and bleeding the latex. This method is employed by the locals to help preserve the trees, allowing the company to provide its customers with a renewable resource.