The answer is yes, it is safe. The paste can be used on both the face and the body.
Here are the main reasons why Thanka powder is safe to use :
- It is a natural product.
- It comes from barks of native trees (Naringi crenulata and Limonia acidissima) in Myanmar and is completely organic.
- It has properties to act as a scavenger for free radicals that cause acne
- There are no additives or fillers in Thanaka.It safeguards skin from damage caused by the harmful effects of free radicals
- It is a natural remedy to fight acne, lightens spots, such as freckles and dark spots
- It has also been proved to reduce fine lines, wrinkles.
Thanaka powder comes from the bark of Naringi crenulata and Limonia acidissima commonly-known as wood-apple, sandalwood, elephant-apple, and curd fruit trees. The powder is formed by grounding tree bark and drying out the powder. Then, Thanaka is either sold as a powder, or mixed with water and applied as a paste on the skin. The paste is usually applied to the face and body in the morning so it can dry while one is working or doing chores.
When buying Thanaka, it is important to ensure that it only has natural ingredients to make sure that any side effects are minimized. One can purchase Thanaka in some Asian stores, which is truly effective and safe but may cost more than others. You can get it from healing Bark which is 100% natural Thanka Powder.
The paste has been traditionally used by Burmese people for centuries, and it is still in use today. In the past, women used it to beautify their faces, but nowadays men also use it.
The antioxidant properties of Thanaka enable it to work as a shield against those free radicals. The free radicals cause damage to the skin such as acne, aging, and wrinkles. The main cause for wrinkles is overexposure of sun rays, which damage the skin. Thanaka is said to be effective in nourishing and moisturizing the skin, especially around the eyes with its beneficial antioxidants.
In fact, Thanaka has been used for centuries as a beauty preparation that protects against various types of damage to the skin such as aging and damage caused by free radicals.
The outer bark from Thanaka is prepared in a traditional ceremony and ground into a fine powder which is applied daily to the face – mainly across the forehead, cheeks, and chin – for skin lightening effect. It is also applied to treat acne, stretch marks, and wrinkles because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
So far there has been no effective research that proves Thanaka is harmful to use. There are a few reports that people with sensitive skin may develop rashes when applying the paste. However, there are no reports of major or lasting damage to the skin.
In conclusion, Thanaka is a natural product that can be used safely to protect the skin from aging and free radicals, as well as to lighten the skin, and treat acne. Though there are no major side effects reported, however, people with sensitive skin should consider that applying the paste could lead to rashes.