From the wood of a small tree in Myanmar, Thanaka has been used for over 2000 years by Burmese people to protect and beautify the skin. Pulverized on a stone slab and mixed with water to form a paste, this natural cosmetic is most commonly applied topically. It is here where Thanaka begins to work it’s magic.
Thanaka has been chosen as the chief ingredient in our Sun Paste for a number of reasons:
From chemical compounds that destroy ocean reefs to mined minerals carved out of the earth, many of the active ingredients found in today’s sunscreens have extremely adverse effects on our environment. Thanaka is the most ecological solution due to it’s regenerative nature and can be grown locally through sustainable farming techniques.
It is no secret that it is hot in Myanmar. Located close to the equator in South East Asia, the sun’s exposure is intense. To protect their skin from this harsh environment, the Burmese uncovered Thanaka as a natural and efficient alternative to sunblock.
With high amounts of Vitamin E, Thanaka is a natural antioxidant which protects our skin against free radicals and polluted air. In addition, Thanaka is an effective moisturizer and it’s hydrating and cooling effect make it ideal for post-sun exposure as well.
Thanaka contains two active compounds, coumarin and marmesin, which account for anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-acne, and anti-aging properties. In other words, Thanaka is responsible for effectively removing dead skin cells and controlling excessive facial oil.
Studies have also revealed that Thanaka inhibits tryosinase, the enzyme that triggers melanin synthesis and affects skin discoloration. Therefore, the regular use of Thanaka can help decrease melanomas activity and brighten your skin’s complexion.
From the wood of a small tree in Myanmar, Thanaka has been used for over 2000 years as a natural cosmetic used in daily Burmese life. The most common method of use is as a paste that is applied topically to the skin. It is here where it begins to work it’s magic – natural sun protection, high antioxidants and effective moisturizing.
Coconut oil is a powerful moisturizer that absorbs quickly and restores dry or flaking skin by deep skin tissue strengthening and the elimination of dead skin cells. Because it contains Vitamin E, known to protect skin cells from damage over time, coconut oil is soothing for conditions such as eczema, sunburn and psoriasis. It also has natural occurring sun protection properties (SPF).
Beeswax is the emulsifier that brings everything together. It provides a layer of protection against environmental irritants, such as water, wind and sun, while still allowing the skin to breathe. It also offers anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-viral benefits. Beeswax is what keeps MANDA Organic Sun Paste on your skin, ensuring that you are fully protected.
The high concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea Butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing. Shea Butter preserves your skin’s natural oils and collagen production. This leads to the prevention of dry skin, inflammation and wrinkle reduction. It also has natural occurring sun protection properties (SPF).
Cocoa Butter’s high concentration of fatty acids allows it to penetrate deep into the skin and hydrate from within. In addition, it contains large amounts of antioxidants and Vitamin E, which aid in the reduction of free radicals.
Loaded with antioxidants and amazing skin-friendly vitamins and minerals, like magnesium, vitamin C, and omega-6 fatty acids, cacao helps to increase blood flow and promote cellular healing. It’s chocolate color also helps give MANDA Organic Sun Paste it’s tint.
Cinnamon contains anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that help improve your complexion. It also helps to remove dead skin cells and restore the shine and suppleness to your skin. Furthermore, Cinnamon contains natural UVA/UVB filters and is what gives MANDA Organic Sun Paste its delicious scent.
Zinc oxide is the safest and most effective approved active ingredient available for sunscreens at the time. This mineral offers broad-spectrum protection by sitting on top of the skin, scattering and deflecting UVA and UVB rays. Since it does not absorb into your skin, zinc oxide is far different than any synthetic sunscreen chemicals that are only effective by absorbing into your skin.
* Active ingredient: zinc oxide *
Being surfers, one of the main requirements we had when developing MANDA Organic Sun Paste was to put on sunscreen and not worry about it for as long as possible so that we can maximize our time doing what we love.
Exceptionally waterproof/sweatproof and made to last, our uniquely created formula is designed to perform. Once applied, you can be out enjoying yourself to the fullest without having to worry whether or not it is working.
MANDA Organic Sun Paste is a physical sunscreen so there is no guesswork involved, unlike chemical sunscreens which rub into your skin, leaving no visual indicator as to what areas of your body are protected or need re-application. If you can see MANDA Organic Sun Paste on your body, then you know it is protecting your skin.
Coral reefs are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world. One million species of fish, invertebrates, and algae are estimated to live in and around the world’s reefs. Reefs provide beautiful, natural playgrounds for all ocean goers, especially surfers and divers.
Ingredients commonly found in chemical sunscreens, such as Oxybenzone, can awaken coral viruses. The coral then becomes sick, expelling their life-giving algae. Without these algae, the coral “bleaches” (turns white), and prematurely dies. Each year an estimated 8 million lbs. of sunscreen washes off ocean-goers into coral reef environments.
MANDA Organic Sun Paste is reef safe.
of marine species live in coral reefs
pounds of sunscreen per year wash off ocean-goers into coral reef environments
of the world’s coral reefs are at risk for bleaching via sunscreen wash-off
Another common effect of sunscreens, that many fail to realize, is the environmental impact of mining for their mineral ingredients. Mining for minerals, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, cause erosion, formation of sinkholes, loss of biodiversity, and chemical contamination of soil, groundwater and surface water.
By choosing nature’s best solution for sun protection, Thanaka, we have further offset our footprint on the environment by reducing the amount of zinc used in MANDA Organic Sun Paste.
MANDA Organic Sun Paste is a more sustainable sunscreen.