In modern day day Myanmar, persons even now use the common cosmetic identified as Thanaka, as a day-to-day cosmetic and skin conditioner. Thanaka is designed from the branches of the sandalwood tree, (linoria acidissimia) When ground, the bark of the Thanaka tree, it is claimed, functions as an astringent, sunscreen and antiseptic.
Thanaka: The Burmese Beauty Key.
In Myanmar, Carla Sommers discovers the beauty secrets and techniques of the Burmese and finds that beauty is not only skin deep at moments, but that just one prized beauty product or service arrives not from the factory, but the forest….
Every culture and society experienced its have notions of beauty. From the pale faces of the Japanese geishas to the tattooed options of the Maoris. To increase our notion of beauty there are several organic and person-designed preparations that, above the generations have become de rigeur, from Egyptian kohl eyeliner, to scented hair oils and currently, makeup.
I n modern day day Myanmar, persons even now use the common cosmetic identified as Thanaka, as a day-to-day cosmetic and skin conditioner. Thanaka is designed from the branches of the sandalwood tree, (linoria acidissimia) When ground, the bark of the Thanaka tree, it is claimed, functions as an astringent, sunscreen and antiseptic.
It is a common sight on the streets of most cities and cities to see persons with swipes of powdery yellow paint on their cheeks, noses or arms. The yellow arrives from the juice of the ground bark. There is practically nothing so unusual about working with bark preparations for beauty functions in Myanmar – hair is designed further glossy by boiling an extract from the tayaw shrub and even elephants get a physique scrub with sticks of the aptly-named Cleaning soap tree!
In 1904, a French traveller to Rangoon (currently referred to as Yangon) described how
“All about (the) tiny properties and on the methods of the intensely embellished pavilions…are… sellers of …aromatic barks”.
It is applied in strict regimen 1st to the ears, then to the throat, the experience, and finally the relaxation of the physique.
Girls at times combine it with cream, then consider a coarse toothbrush and stroke lines by means of it, while young men might dab it on a blemish, right here and there, at times giving the impact of a yellow Dalmatian!
The pale dusty powder can vary from palest primrose to deep ochre. Little ones and infants look to be daubed in it, at times with circles painted on their cheeks and stripes alongside their noses! Even in the cinema posters the community motion picture stars are portrayed wearing their beloved Thanaka!
Girls might use a leaf template to make an elegant stencil on their cheeks, or some diligently paint a square, however most people just smear it above their faces or bodies, and at night they show up rather ghostly, specially if their lips are painted with lipstick.
Thanaka is a prized wooden, in 1958 The Forest Act (a product or service of the previous British colonial government) extra Thanaka trees to its listing of protected trees this sort of as teak, stating:
“no human being shall acquire or eliminate for trade purposes…Thanaka wooden and bark”.
The cosmetic seems in several sorts in its uncooked – and very prized – state it will be bought in marketplaces in tiny 10- 18cm long branches and logs. These are ground vertically, spherical and spherical, on a unique flat circular whetstone with a few drops of h2o, manufacturing a milky yellow liquid that is then quickly applied to the skin. Though damp it is almost translucent but in an hour, it dries to a wealthy yellow crust.
Dried tablets of Thanaka in different measurements are also obtainable from street peddlers, who also provide it in the pre-fabricated kind of a strongly fragrant gentle paste, like a putty, even though several level out that this is the ‘poor man’s’ Thanaka. The most prized Thanaka arrives from the region about Mandalay, some say cities like Saigaing on the banking companies of the Irrawaddy, provides the greatest logs, other people declare Shwepo Thanaka is the greatest.
Whichever Thanaka you pick out, the liquid functions rapidly at tightening the skin and masking blemishes. In hot, arid climates like that of Pagan, dry European skins might come across it too astringent, but as an impromptu organic sunshine screen it is a must have.
Even if you do not purchase a adhere to consider residence, the sight and smells of the exclusive yellow-painted faces of the Burmese persons are an unforgettable section of the memories of Myanmar, as are the smiles of this fantastic nation of gentlefolk.
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