Extreme sun! How can I protect myself?
The sun – especially at mid day at the equator – is brutal. A sunscreen like the one above while good for every day use in temperate climates is NOT enough for use at the equator on a boat. This is what I did in the Galapagos a few years ago.
Let’s go from head to toe:
- Head: A full brim hat that has ventilation and possibly a back neck flap
- Face: Double sunscreen with a sweat proof sunscreen and put the Colorscience Powder over it
- Neck: A neck gator – also goes by neck vizor, sun dickie, sun mask etc – buy on Amazon
- Upper body: Try getting surfer rash guards and just wearing them, if possible. Provides complete protection and much faster than sunscreening everything. If not, wear a sun protective shirt and sunscreen any exposed parts.
- Lower body. If you can wear long, very light pants or long shorts and sunscreen the rest. Don’t forget your feet.
Go to some of the sites where you have guides working in these areas year after year. They know what to wear! See, for example, the National Geographic Trips site. More on sunscreens.
Hope this helps, Dr. I