Thanaka is a yellowish-white cosmetic paste made from ground bark. It is a distinctive feature of Myanmar, seen commonly applied to the face and sometimes the arms of women and girls and to a lesser extent men and boys.
Thanaka trees grow abundantly in central Myanmar. The trees are perennials, and a tree must be at least 35 years old before it is considered mature enough to yield good-quality cuttings.
To know Thanaka tradition Traditional
Thanaka cream is made by grinding the bark, wood, or roots of a Thanaka tree with a small amount water on a circular stone slab called kyauk pyin which has a channel round the rim for the water to drain into. Traditional Thanaka cream has been used by Burmese women for over 2000 years.
To know Thanaka benefit
It has a fragrant scent somewhat similar to sandalwood. The creamy paste is applied to the face in attractive designs. 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.