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Beauty in the Jungle

Updated: May 17, 2022

Finding the right skin care, clothing, and especially makeup, can be difficult in the humid jungle of Roatan...

Since we have been learning as we go, we thought we'd share with you some of the knowledge we've stumbled upon over the years as well as some of our favorite product lines that suit the island lifestyle.

We are not affiliated with any of these companies and do not receive any product or compensation for these suggestions (though we still keep our fingers and toes crossed). We just know how hard to can be to find the right things to use and wear in the island climate and want to save you some time, energy and money when going through the trials and errors of finding the right fit.

Why is skin care in the jungle any different than at home?

Life in the lush jungle of Roatan island has many, many upsides. We live here, we love it, it's absolutely wonderful to be so close and interconnected with the natural surroundings. However, the humidity and heat can lead to some special considerations when choosing which products to apply and which clothing to wear.

The humidity is amazing for your skin all on its own. It plumps it up and fills it up with all the natural moisture it's been missing, especially if you're visiting from a dry, city-style lifestyle. One thing that this means for your skin care routine is that you can leave the heavy night creams at home. You won't feel the need for those heavy creams and lotions when on the island - nature is doing most of the work for you!

The heat and sun exposure also require you to re-think your skin care and choose products more consciously. We definitely recommend going with a light day moisturizer with high sun protection, always of course making sure that it is naturally derived and not using the less expensive, yet environmentally harmful, chemicals to block out the sun. We also recommend checking your products for Retinol as it can make your skin extra sensitive to sun exposure and will not be a good match for your upcoming beach days!

Last, but certainly not least, we urge you to choose products that are made from natural ingredients. While it is of course better for your skin and body health, we also need to be conscious of where those chemically heavy facial cleansers, body wash, shampoo, etc. are going after they disappear from the sink. Our ecosystem on the island of Roatan is delicate and beautiful and deserves as much protection as we can offer. At Unalome Yoga Roatan, we only use products with natural ingredients and choose locally sourced and crafted products whenever available.

As it may not always be possible to source locally or to know which brands are truly natural when shopping online, we recommend the following for skin care in the jungle or wherever else you find yourself wanting some fantastic skin care products!

Recommendations for Skin Care in the Jungle

Pacifica - Skin Care & Makeup

"Made with compassion, for the planet, animals and you."

Vegan, cruelty-free and environmentally gentle ingredients create the products we've fallen in love with from Pacifica. They offer light moisturizers, perfect for the humidity of the island and re-usable face masks that remove the needless single use garbage that comes with other masks.

They also have a whole 'after-sun' line with ingredients such as Vitamin C & E, Kelp, Sunflower Seed Oil, etc.

Their makeup section also includes light skin tints with Damascus Rose Extract, Coconut Water, White Tea, etc. On the island, you want to stay away from heavy foundations or thick formulas that may melt and have you looking like the wicked witch of the west!

WOW Skin Science - Skin & Hair Care

"WOW Skin Science combines time-tested ingredients from nature with innovative formulations backed by science to deliver 100% vegan beauty that works."

WOW Skin Science provides products for men and women's skin and hair. With ingredients like Apple Cider Vinegar, Activated Charcoal, Aloe Vera, Coconut Water and various Vitamins - you know you're in good hands. They also offer a wide selection of essential oils and blends as well as a great FAQ section about their oils and how best to use them.

Glossier - Skin Care & Makeup

"Makeup second. Products that give you options but never cover you up, turn you into someone else, or over-complicate your routine. Because beauty should make you feel good."

Grapes, Passionfruit Extract and Chamomile are just a few of the ingredients that help to invigorate or calm your skin - depending on your skin care needs. Cleansers, serums, skin salves and other products all made with ingredients that make your body and the environment feel good.

Their makeup selection is full of beautifully natural shades and light formulas that won't weigh you down. You can feel free to add a little something extra without having to check in with the mirror on a regular basis.

What to Wear for Jungle Yoga?

Namastetics - Yoga & Loungewear

"Building a community that feels empowered in our clothing and passionate about the earth. Setting a new standard for sustainable, ethical and transparent fashion; that's our definition of mindfully made."

Our absolute favorite yoga clothing for the jungle is Namastetics. Their huge variety of styles that fit all of our different & beautiful shapes makes us happy. It's lightweight and breathable, which you may have guessed is necessary for the hot, humid jungle of the Caribbean. All around, we can't get enough of Namastetics for yoga classes and the in between times.

Our instructors Natalie (above) & Catlin (below) at Unalome Yoga Roatan show off their love of Namastetics during our more recent photoshoot on the Banana Grove Yoga Deck. Whether it's for photos, enjoying a class, or teaching a workshop, the Unalome Yoga Tribe wears and recommends the responsibly made, incredibly comfortable clothing of Namastetics!

What to use for your Best Health in the Jungle!

SMYRNA - Turkish Towels

"Our pieces are all individually hand-loomed using ancient techniques specific to the skilled artisans of Turkey’s Aigean region. Each of the collection’s fair trade products is made with only the finest quality eco-friendly cottons, 100% hand-loomed and made with love."

Anyone who has lived on the island for some time will rave about the benefits of switching to Turkish Towels! The quick drying, light weight, cozy material is everything you could ask for in a towel on Roatan. SMYRNA is our recommended company as it truly embodies the love we have for our environment. Also, they have a huge selection of sizes and colors in their towels and blankets. When packing for your next trip to the lush tropical paradise of Roatan, you will never regret the decision to bring a Turkish Towel!

Banyan Botanicals - Ayurvedic Health

"Embrace your health with the wisdom of Ayurveda."

For all things Ayurveda, Banyan Botanicals has you covered. Whether you're interested in learning more about Ayurvedic practices or are looking to add some ancient Ayurvedic herbs to your daily routine, we recommend Banyan Botanicals.

Organic and sustainably sourced herbs, oils and formulas for optimum health, following the ancient teachings of Ayurveda. Take your Dosha test to learn more about your Ayurvedic Constitution or browse through the Seasonal Guides to learn how to transition with your optimal mind, body and spirit health.

Beauty is all around us in the jungle, and we want to do our part to keep it that way.

When you visit Unalome Yoga Roatan, we provide you with locally sourced, environmentally friendly products to use that are nice to your body and our precious environment.

When it's time for you to update your collection of skin care, makeup, yoga attire, etc., we hope our recommendations help you wade through the sea of products and companies.

If you have any questions, please contact us and we'll be happy to chat. If you have a favorite eco-friendly, natural company or product, we'd love to hear from you

- get in touch to share the love!

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