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Thanaka In Burma


Myanmar Lady with Thanaka


  • Thanaka is a yellow-white cosmetic paste produced from grinded bark of the thanaka tree. The milky yellow liquid is a distinctive feature of the Burmese culture. Thanaka is not so widely used anywhere else in the world. When applied to the skin, it dries swiftly.
  • For a number of reasons, women, men and kids apply thanaka to their faces, arms as well as legs. Urban female office goers spending lesser time in the sun apply thanaka for cosmetic and beauty purposes, creating squares, circles and leaf designs on their faces. It is also used in neighboring countries. Thanaka is considered as a sunscreen as well as as a beauty product which adds soft fragrance to the skin, improves the complexion, tightens pores, stops oiliness and keeps the skin cool. It’s also used as a medicine to treat fever, poisoning, epilepsy, measles, skin sores, fungus and acne.



Myanmar Lady with Thanaka