Visiting Myanmar, you will wonder why the faces of the people painted white. This is a form of beauty treatments using natural ingredients called Thanaka.
Thanaka, or Thanakha, a mix-up with a creamy white gold, is made from finely ground bark. This is a typical practice of the people of Myanmar from more than 2000 years. In this country, women and girls thanaka applied to the face and hands. Some men also use thanaka, but not very common.
The tree that used for extract the Thanaka Cream must be over two years old which is grow much in the center of Myanmar. To get the best quality pieces of bark, the tree must be at least 35 years. Thanaka traditionally been sold as the stick. Once purchased, the people crushed bark of white gold and apply the mixture to your face. Today we can buy this thanaka cream or powder form.
The use of thanaka including makeup, skin care, skin cooling, sun protection, acne treatment. This is an anti-fungal skin.
Do not forget to “grab” the beautiful moments Thanaka have a chance to travel in Myanmar!
Reposted from gomyanmartours.com
Thanaka cream has been used by Burmese women for over 2000 years. It has a fragrant scent somewhat similar to sandalwood. The creamy paste is applied to the face in attractive designs, the most common form being a circular patch on each cheek, sometimes made stripey with the fingers known as thanaka bè gya, or patterned in the shape of a leaf, often also highlighting the bridge of the nose with it at the same time. It may be applied from head to toe. Apart from cosmetic beauty, thanaka also gives a cooling sensation and provides protection from sunburn. It is believed to help remove acne and promote smooth skin. It is also an anti-fungal. The active ingredients of thanaka are coumarin and marmesin.