Thanaka Extract (Limonia acidissima)
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What Is Thanaka Extract?
Thanaka (also spelled Thanakha) is a tropical plant species that is native to the central part of Myanmar. It also grows in Sri Lanka, the western parts of India, and the northwestern part of the Himalayas. Thanaka is a traditional part of Myanmar’s indigenous medicines, with its bark used by Myanmar women as a beautifying and skin-protecting cream. The bark is ground up into a fine yellow powder and blended with water to form a paste.
The use of Thanaka can be traced back to ancient Myanmar history, dating back as far as the 14th century. After Western cosmetic companies started bringing their products to Asia, it didn’t take them long to realize that Asia is a smorgasbord of natural skin care ingredients – Thanaka Extract being one of them.
Why Do We Use Thanaka Extract?
Thanaka Extract is one of the many ingredients that we love because of its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties. Studies have found that the bark is effective as a skin cleanser, owing to its ability to remove oil and impurities from the skin. The plant’s active ingredient, Marmesin, has shown to be highly effective as a sunscreen, thanks to properties that protect the skin against harmful UV rays of the sun. Simply adding water to ground up Thanaka bark turns it into a face mask.
A rich source of vitamin E, this tree bark is known to help combat free radicals and maintain skin elasticity. Vitamin E is a renowned anti-aging vitamin, so adding Thanaka Extract to your beauty regimen is known to be an added step towards a youthful complexion.
TreeActiv Products That Contain Thanaka Extract
Some Fun Facts About Thanaka Extract
- Burmese women have been using Thanaka as a skin enhancer and protectant for more than 2000 years
- Has anti-oxidizing properties that help maintain skin youthfulness and moisture
- Ground Thanaka is also blended in many perfumes, lotions, and soaps