“May your joy be as deep as the ocean and your sorrow as light as foam.” ~ Unknown
Just because we have Parkinson’s and we may have a greater risk of developing melanoma from our medications as well as from our disease; it does not mean we should hide under a rock and not enjoy life!
So, as the summer fast approaches, we want to be ready! I know I am. My absolute favorite time of the year is summer, not just because it’s the season of my birthday which I am sure has something to do with it.
I relish the reinvigorating energy I get from witnessing a beautiful sunset on the beach or feeling the sand run through my toes as I walk barefooted feeling the waves wash away my worries and heal my soul. Nothing like feeling the breeze of a cool wave as it splashes on our face as the shore sends a thousand little particles of salty water combined with musky scent of the hot beach, along with sun tan oil mixed with the fruity drink in our hands to titillate and awaken the senses. In an instant we are transported to a time when we were just ourselves, No inquisitions, No struggles, No loser’s only winners.
The sea does not judge it only listens and returns what we thought was lost, our sense of awe, wonder and belief in something bigger than ourselves.
But, in order to fully enjoy without worry of damaging your skin: I recommend these simple tips.
- First, make sure you use proper sunscreen. No natural products because they are not safe to stop damage from UVA & AVB rays.
- Second, Make sure that the sunscreen you choose contains ingredients like Titanium Dioxide, or Zinc Oxide. The SPF 15 or higher is only for UVB protection; A SPF 30 or higher is recommended for those of us who have Parkinson’s because of our increased risk factor. There is no rating to tell us how good something is against UVA.
Best Way To Wear Sunscreen: (pictured are 3 of the sunscreens I highly recommend)
- Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before you go in the sun. Don’t forget to apply under your make up or get make up with SPF in it but most make up only has 15 so apply some extra under your make up.
- You may not get complete benefit because apply too little- use 2
tablespoons or 1 ounce to cover body.
- Don’t forget spots like feet, tips of ears, back of legs and your lips (use UV protective lip balm)
- Reapply at least every two hours and more frequently if perspiring or getting wet.
- Always wear sunscreen if you are out and about in the day – not just on sunny days. 80% of UV dangerous rays will penetrate the clouds even in cloudy grey skies- so wear it then too.
Protect your skin if not in the water-
Sit in the shade
Wear a hat -preferably a stylish broad brimmed hat
Wear sun protective clothing ( dark and tightly woven)
Avoid the sun between 10 am and 4 pm the highest peak of UV rays here in the States.
Curl up with a good book or catch up with your best friend or soul mate.
I suggest that this summer you take an away trip to your favorite beach and rediscover the REAL YOU inside!
Everyone have a terrific Memorial Day Weekend!