Photographer's Note

Local beauty around Mandalay. Notice she applied THANAKA on her face.
Thanaka is a yellowish-white cosmetic paste made from wood. It is commonly applied to the face and sometimes the arms of women and girls and to a lesser extent men and boys. Thanaka cream is made by grinding the bark, wood, or root of a thanaka tree with a small amount of water on a circular stone slab.
Thanaka cream has been used by Burmese women for over 2000 years It has a fragrant scent somewhat similar to sandalwood. The creamy paste is applied in attractive designs, the most common form being a circular patch on each cheek, sometimes made stripey with the fingers or patterned in the shape of a leaf. Apart from cosmetic beauty, thanaka also gives a cooling sensation and provides protection from sunburn.It is believed to help remove acne and promote smooth skin.
Personally i think it enhances beauty itself because my god, what lovely women there are in this country i must say.

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  • Copyright: tony ossenblok (oss) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 1 N: 59] (425)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-07-25
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2013-10-10 12:19
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