Masonjoany

In many areas of western and northern Madagascar, you will see women with their faces painted white. This facial mask, known as masonjoany, is supposed to protect skin from the sun, make it softer and suppler and remove blemishes. It’s applied during the day and usually removed at night. Masonjoany is made by grinding a branch from a tree of the same name against a stone with a small amount of water to form a paste.