Mundane question number 632: What do people do about sunscreen down south? This was one of a hundred seemingly-silly questions that I asked our friends in the Caribbean. My thoughts were that I couldn’t imagine frugal cruisers spending loads of cash on the overpriced stuff that I see here in the stores. Did they buy it in gallon jugs? Did they just develop a tolerance to the sun and go without?
My friends shared that yes, they do still wear sunscreen, although not necessarily as much as they did when they first went south (they’ve been there 5 years now). Sun protective hats and clothing help them and they also use zinc on areas that easily burn (ears, nose, etc.*). As for the price, I was told that as long as we don’t shop in the tourist areas sunscreen can be found for a reasonable amount of money. One more mystery solved (don’t worry, there are many others).
*I wonder if those who sunbathe in the nude include other body parts in the list of sensitive areas worth protecting with zinc. If so that might look pretty funny!