Burmese ladies are known for the the pale yellow paste smeared on their face. Almost every female applies them daily…
That yellow paste is Thanaka, a natural beauty product. It is made from ground bark of Thanaka tree, commonly found in Central Myanmar. Mature trees (about 35 years old) are cut into smaller pieces and sold. Housewives then grind the bark cuttings into powder form and store them for future use.
As the saying goes, when in Rome, do what the Romans do, I knew that I definitely have to try it.
One of the best souvenirs is hand-made products, especially an item that is culturally distinctive to the country.
Add tiny amount to the cap and add a few drops of water to get a paste-like texture. I still apply it once in awhile, but not when I’m outdoor though. I use them mostly when I’m lazing at home the whole day.
From the family, I learnt that Thanaka is a cooling agent and good protection from the sun. So, after having Thanaka applied on my face, I’m ready for some outdoor adventure…
I guess this centuries-old beauty practice will still be carried on given that it works. I know for sure I’ll definitely continue using it. Oh, and I’m not worried if I run out of the Thanaka powder because they do sell it commercially, even in Singapore too.
So, my friends… don’t be surprised if you see me with yellow paste on my face 😉