A Closer Look at Thanaka, Myanmar’s Favorite Natural Beauty Product

Thanaka, a face mask made from Thanaka tree bark, has been worn by Burmese men and women for centuries.

The mask is made with paste that is ground onto a stone using water. Then, it is safe to apply to the face.

Thanaka doesn’t just serve a purpose as a cleanser. The mask is also used as a sunblock, bug repellent and acne treatment.

Though its popularity in Myanmar is waning, it is now being used as an ingredient in western makeup for its natural quality.

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