The fact that we live in a world that is controlled by technology is evidenced by the many chemical and synthetic products that are all around us in our everyday world.  A good example of this is the many beauty and cosmetic products lining the display cases and shelves of thousands of stores nationwide.  Unfortunately, we have lost sight of the effectiveness of nature when it comes to solving our everyday problems.

However, the Burmese culture has applied their local traditions to areas where modern technology cannot make a particular better than its natural, organic counterpart.  Such is the case where beautification and skin care products made from the bark and roots of Thanaka are concerned.  By developing natural solutions for the care and well-being of our skin, we not only look and feel better, we are leaving a smaller carbon footprint.


2,000 Years of Cultural Tradition in Powder Form

Thanaka powder is made from the bark and roots of the Limonia acidissima tree that is indigenous to Myanmar’s dry central region.  The Burmese people have used this for over 2,000 years to beautify and protect their skin.  The powder is made by pulverizing the bark and roots of the Thanaka tree on a circular stone slab.  At that point, it is mixed with water to form a yellowish, creamy paste that is that is topically applied to the skin of the face and arms.  And that’s where the magic begins. This helps keep your skin protected while ensures that organic products protect the environment.


Benefits for the Skin 

The popularity of Thanaka throughout the Burmese culture is attributed to the many benefits it provides our skin.  Consider the following benefits of using it:


  • Antioxidants – Thanaka is rich in Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that protects the skin from damaging free radicals and pollutants in the air. Furthermore, it’s an effective moisturizer that provides a cooling and hydrating effect, making an ideal compound for applying to the skin after long periods in the sun. 
  • Environmentally friendly – from mined minerals that leave the surface of our planet scarred to ocean-destroying chemical compounds, the active ingredients in beauty products today have a tremendously adverse effect on the environment. Thanaka is an environmentally friendly, natural solution with regenerative and sustainable qualities.
  • Healthy skin – coumarin and marmesin are the active ingredients that account for Thanaka’s anti-aging, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties while also making it ideal for treating and preventing acne. Additionally, it controls facial skin oils and is effective for the removal of dead skin cells.


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