One of these things, you notice straight away when you arrive in Myanmar is that most of the woman have some cream similar to their skin color on their cheeks or even all over the face. At first, it looks weird, especially if an immigration officer wears it but with the time you get used to it, and it just appears normal to you. But what is it? And why does woman wear it?
It very simple – It is the traditional makeup of the Burmese women (And sometimes also men). People here used it for over 2000 years, and it’s from a particular sort of tree, the Thanakha tree. Therefore, the name of Thanakha for the makeup. This tree is widely found in North Myanmar.
How to use it?
The use of Thanakha is straightforward: Taking a piece of the tree, wetting it and then it gets grind on a flat stone called Kyauk. By doing so, a slightly yellow and brown colored paste will be the result, and that’s what you put on the cheeks.
What are the benefits?
The Thanakha powder helps the skin to be softer, without acne and healthier. In hot weather, it also protects from the sunlight and has a cooling effect on the skin. And Thanakha has clearly a positive impact on the skin of the women in Myanmar. Most women have super soft and very clear skin with no acne at all. In general women in Southeast Asia have better skin, but in Myanmar, it’s even better.
Thanakha is a natural product without any chemical processing involved – pure nature. People used it thousands of years ago already, and it still has a better effect than any other modern Makeup in the world. Also, it adds this unique character to the women and the country, and it’s one of the many things that makes Myanmar so unique.
- Total countries I visited until now: 38
- Planes: 20
- Busses: 48
- Trains: 19
- Boats: 24
- Km driving: 8000
- Km running: 2850