Young Burmese girls, Mandalay

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These young girls have some Thanaka applied on their face. It is a very popular cream that has been used by Burmese women for over 2000 years. It has a fragrant scent somewhat similar to sandalwood. The creamy paste is applied to the face in attractive designs, the most common form being a circular patch on each cheek or patterned in the shape of a leaf.

Apart from cosmetic beauty, this Thanaka also gives a cooling sensation and provides protection from sunburn. It is believed to help remove acne and promote smooth skin.

The Thanaka is gotten from the pulp of a tree of which several varieties exist in Burma.

Mandalay, Burma, Feb 2009



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