Why You Shouldn’t Try The Menstrual Masking Trend

Best Hydrating Face Masks for Dry Skin | Space NK
The trend for ‘menstrual masking’, or ‘period blood face masks’, is having a moment right now. At least it is on TikTok where #menstrualfacemask has racked up over 12k views. Why are people using their period blood as face masks? The supposed benefits span everything from giving you a healthy glow to combating acne.

We suspect that some of the TikTokkers jumping on the skincare trend are using The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution rather than period blood, but plenty of dermatologists have come out to strenuously stress that menstrual masking is the equivalent of a platelet-rich plasma treatment (PRP), also known as a Vampire Facial, which is known for reviving your skin.

On TikTok, Dr Karan Raj points out that a PRP treatment separates red and white blood cells before injecting the plasma back into your skin as white blood cells can cause irritation. Dr Joyce Park also states that it very tricky to successfully extract your period blood in a sterile fashion.

If you’re looking to give your skin a boost, we recommend a hydrating face mask instead. From Sisley-Paris’ iconic Black Rose Cream Mask to Instagram-favourite Summer Fridays’ Jet Lag Mask, there are plenty of face masks jam-packed with nourishing ingredients, including hyaluronic acid and ceramides, to help revive your skin.

Best Hydrating Face Masks To Buy In 2022


Summer Fridays

Jet Lag Mask, $34.00

Best Post-Travel Mask
If you travel a lot (for work or pleasure) and always forget to pack a hydrating mask within your travel minis, this one is for you. Apply a generous layer and let it sit for 20 minutes or even overnight, your skin will look plumper and suppler. It's an instant favourite.



Indigo Overnight Repair, N/A

Best Overnight Hydrating Mask
We love an overnight face mask; the longer it stays on, the better your skin will be. This one from Tatcha feels like a moisturiser and acts like a face mask. Not only will it hydrate your skin, but it will also repair (including helping to soothe sunburn) and give you that baby skin look come the morning. It's a great one for those who enjoy slugging overnight.



Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask, $49.40

Best For Dehydrated Skin
Get deep hydration from what our customers call “the guacamole mask” from Kiehl's. Packed with nourishing oils, this is the perfect face mask for dry and dehydrated skins that are starting to itch and are crying for help. This is a great one to have all year round, for those days when your skin needs a little TLC.


Drunk Elephant

F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Hydrating Mask, $58.50

Best Plumping Face Mask
Drunk Elephant has done it again! Packed with amazing ingredients like niacinamide and squalane, this mask will hydrate and help repair your damaged skin barrier to prevent further dehydration.


Eve Lom

Moisture Mask, $98.00

The Multitasking Face Mask
With hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, this moisturising face mask not only works to hydrate the skin but also to repair any damage caused by daily environmental stressors like pollution or even air conditioning. The other active ingredients will also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you’re looking for a multitasker, this is the one!



Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask, $104.00

Best Calming Mask
With calming botanicals, this rich hydrating mask helps to calm stressed out skin and keep redness and inflammation at bay. This blend from Chantecaille boosts your cells natural healing process to help restore the skin barrier. It’s a great face mask for those with dry skin who tend to tend to feel any itchiness.



Rose Face Mask, $30.00

Best Cooling Gel Face Mask
With rose petals and rose water, this unique Fresh face mask is refreshing and quenches thirsty skin. Using this mask will have your skin looking radiant, rehydrated and plump. With aloe vera, it’s the perfect mask to use after a day in the sun to soothe skin.



Black Rose Cream Mask, $173.00

For Intense Hydration
This luxurious mask with black rose extract works to turn dull, fatigued skin into bright and plump skin. You will start seeing a difference in only 10-15 minutes, it’s the perfect hydrating face mask for those with uneven skin texture due to dehydration.



Hydraskin Cooling Hydrating Gel Mask, N/A

Best Hydration-Boosting Face Mask
From Parisian skincare brand Darphin, this mask feels like drinking a glass of water after a long hot day. It’s cooling, refreshing and deeply hydrates the skin. The lightweight formula is perfect for blemish and acne-prone skin, and will leave your pores feeling clearer. With the cooling, gel texture, we know this will become one of your summer staples.



Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Mask, $58.50

Best Texture Smoothing Face Mask
As part of Rodial's iconic Dragon’s Blood range, this face mask supercharged in hyaluronic acid to rehydrate and plump your skin. If you’re looking to reduce the signs of ageing, this one will smooth out your skin texture thanks to the exfoliating properties of LaraCare.


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Posted: Friday, 02 December 2022

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