For many years, visitors to Myanmar (formerly Burma) had been wondering how the women of this country kept their skin glowing and soft. The secret was a 2,000-year-old natural skincare tradition derived from the Thanaka tree. As a perennial, this tree is indigenous to Southeast Asia and enjoys widespread growth throughout Myanmar. When its stem is ground into a powdery form and mixed with water, it forms a yellowish paste that offers the user many benefits such as a skin beautifier and sun blocker.
Healing Bark comes from the bark of age old Thanaka trees that grow deep in the forests of Southeast Asia. For over 2,000 years, men, women, and children in Myanmar have been using this tree bark to keep their skin clear and healthy.
The earliest written record of thanaka use is in a 14th century poem written by a consort of King Razadarit, who ruled and unified the Mon Kingdom in southern Myanmar from 1384 to 1422.
In the 1500s, Princess Razadatukaly, the eldest daughter of King Bayintnaung, is believed to have used a kyauk pyin- a stone slab used to grind Thanaka into a paste.
Locals wear this special paste daily and believe this all-natural bark holds the secret to their clear skin and radiant complexion.
What makes Healing Bark so effective?
Three natural compounds work in unison to create a powerful skin perfecting combination that works on all skin types.
For many individuals that have visited Myanmar, one of the more distinct memories they have is the golden-painted cheeks of many Burmese women and children (along with some of the men). Whether they’re Buddhist or Muslim, young or old, most Myanmar females apply Thanaka paste to their faces on a daily basis. So the question arises. What is Thanaka paste and why do so many women paint it on their faces?