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

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    What Is Thanaka, Myanmar’s Most Popular Beauty Product?

     If you’re looking for a natural face mask, consider lathering the tree bark that Burmese women have loved for centuries.

    (Published Monday, June 24, 2019)

    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.