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Is The Period Facial Brilliant or Just Bloody Bonkers?!

19 February, 2018 - 07:35pm by - Head Pixie | 29 Comments

By BR Tabatha

Aunty Flo.

The Red Tide.

The Crimson Wave.

That Time of the Month.

I could go on, but I won't, because by now I'm sure you're getting the picture.

It's time to talk about our monthly. Or thereabouts. Because not everyone has the same experience with their periods. Some are short. Some are long. Some heavy. Some light. Some come like clockwork. Others turn up when they feel like it. 

Periods. They're a fact of life for most of us. And they're something that can bring about all sorts of feelings. Positive and negative.

They fill some women with dread. Others with sadness. Some treat it like they do the dishes or washing - something that has to be dealt with and once it's done you don't think about it until you have to deal with it again. For others - those of us who are actively avoiding a case of the babies - the arrival of their period prompts a mini-celebration. But let's be honest, more often than not society tends not to have the most favourable feelings towards the bringer of blood.

One woman, however, believes we need to embrace our monthly visitor, to not treat it with such disdain. And her method of doing so is... rather untraditional.

Meet Yazmina Jade, a 'Leader in Reclaiming the Feminine through embodiment & sister hood' (according to her Instagram account).


Yazmina recently hit the news when she became known for giving herself a 'blood facial' - as some media outlets coined it (and we'll get to that soon enough). 

What she was actually doing was embracing a part of her natural process that for years she had looked upon negatively; shaming and hating her period, until on her last bleed she felt drawn to her blood and wanted to connect with it through the ritual of painting it on her face.

'I was shocked how connected it made me feel with my body and womb,' she said via her Instagram account. 'It’s taken me years to realise that bleeding is a sacred ritual time, for women to go inward, to let go, to create, to use in powerful manifestation and to honour our womb power and MOTHER EARTH.. I have been drawn more and more to reconnecting with my body and especially the womb... We hold sacred wisdom with our wombs.'


On the surface it's easy to give the concept a big 'yeah, no', but when you read her reasoning behind her actions, well, while we're not up for doing it ourselves, we can see her point of view. As she points out so eloquently. 'It’s a time to reclaim our power through reclaiming that which comes naturally for us.. It’s a blessing. It’s powerful. It’s a fresh start each month. It’s a letting go. It’s connection to something greater.'

As for menstrual blood being used for a facial? The crew and I researched the benefits of menstrual blood on skin, and apart from our Google searches making us look like a bunch of serial killers in the making, we couldn't find much in the way of conclusive evidence that applying period blood to your skin would be of any benefit. As for the usual blood you might give in a blood drive or to a doctor when you're getting tests? Some say that the vampire facial - which takes fresh blood from the person getting the treatment, pops it in a centrifugal machine and separates the platelet-rich plasma from the blood, and then injects or microneedles it into the face - can contribute to collagen growth, and more youthful looking skin. As for menstrual blood being used topically? In this article on, New York dermatologist, Bruce E. Katz, MD, when talking about a moisturiser that is infused with plasma separated from blood, says that it would be of no use topically as the plasma would die right away, and therefore be no longer active. So with that in mind and considering the plasma appears to only be helpful when it's introduced into the skin, we're inclined to suspect that menstrual blood collected in the likes of a Mooncup would lose its freshness and any beneficial properties.

So my blooming beauties - what say you? Would you embrace your monthly by taking part in a period painting? Are you on board with Yazmina's reasons for doing it? Do you embrace all parts of your cycle? Or are you quite content keeping the fuss made around that time of the month to a minimum? Chat away!

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Nope, that is not for me.

That photo freaks me out!!

That just made me gag! I accept it and I'm to talking about my cycle, but it definitely doesn't belong on my face

wow.... and no....and arrgghhh....and soooo weird........I'm quite happy for all things 'cycle' to be behind the scenes!

Yes don't need to advertise

20th February, 2018 at 7:51 am

I have good gag relexes but omg I nearly threw up seeing that picture. I get the being at one with your period and all but I don't want to be that connected. Yikes, what will they think of next.

Me too - nausea extremis!!!!

19th February, 2018 at 9:46 pm

Omg I know lol

19th February, 2018 at 10:00 pm

I can handle a bit of blood and guts in some action movies but that picture really made me cringe and scroll fast. I wonder how many people unsuscribed from her instagram for posting that pic.

20th February, 2018 at 11:04 am

Ugh! it reminds me of working with differently-abled people who like to smear stuff. No, good grief no.

I'm glad she has her own justification and am glad she's trying to normalise it, but I definitely wouldn't do what she did. I feel there are other ways to suggest that menstruation is normal rather than smearing it on your face!

I agree!!

19th February, 2018 at 10:56 pm


20th February, 2018 at 7:49 am


20th February, 2018 at 11:02 am

Good way of putting it!

20th February, 2018 at 8:02 pm

Yeah smearing it on your face neither normal or normalising.

21st February, 2018 at 5:56 pm

No no no. That's mentally ill

*Insert emoji with the face palm* I respect her reasoning but I fail to understand how smearing blood on my face helps me to reclaim power. This by far has bumped vaginal facials to 2nd place in the weird beauty things category.

I'm not sure what is worse - the vagina nails or the vagina facial ewwww lol

20th February, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Yes, props for the feminist discourse, but maybe try a yoghurt facial or something if you feel like doing natural beauty!

20th February, 2018 at 8:04 pm

that's actually just gross. I spose anyone will do anything outrageous for their 5 minutes!

Vomit! That is quite sick in the head. Ewwww!

Not for me -I can't identify with the concept here.

Ummm I can see what she's saying and each to their own, but I wouldn't paint mine on my face

I'm all for women openly discussing our periods - it happens to half of humanity every month after all! However this rubbing it on your face business and posting to instagram just looks like someone wanting more followers through controversy.

This! But anyone who dares call her out will get the retort that they're not embracing their feminism hard enough, or that they're being sexist bigots that don't understand the deep connection to mother earth.

20th February, 2018 at 10:33 pm

There's a reason why one of it's nicknames is "the curse of Eve." No thanks, I want it to end and finish without staining my clothes and sheets.


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