Thanaka powder is regarded as the secret of the beauty and healthy skin of the women of Myanmar. The Burmese grind the bark of the fragrant Thanaka tree, which is related to the sandalwood tree, to make Thanaka powder. They then form the powder into logs and sell it for application on the face and body. Application of Thanaka powder enhances beauty, acts as a perfume and has sun protection, astringent and antiseptic properties.
Fill half a small bowl with Thanaka powder. Add water slowly and keep mixing till you form a paste.
Apply the Thanaka paste to your face, and scrub to remove dead skin and cleanse your skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes, and wash your face.
Apply the Thanaka paste as a foundation evenly all over your face. Put make-up on the paste. Thanaka paste acts a skin-protecting foundation and as a sunscreen.
Stir a teaspoon of turmeric powder into the Thanaka paste. Mix well, and leave the paste on your skin overnight. Thanaka and turmeric will remove acne and other blemishes, and make the skin smooth. Place a rubber sheet over your pillow to prevent staining.
Rub the Thanaka paste over your body about 10 minutes before a shower or bath. The paste will make your body smooth and relieve itchiness or other skin irritations.