Record temperatures mean extra precautions when it comes to your skin! Everyone should be careful when they’re out in the sun – and people with Parkinson’s have an increased risk of skin cancer, which makes sun safety especially important. Here are a few tips to remember:
1. Wear a “broad spectrum” sunscreen to protect against UVA and UVB rays. Wear it everyday.
2. Wear sunscreen in all weather and in every season. (See tip #1.)
3. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outdoors. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating.
4. Stay out of the sun during peak periods. This is typically between 10am-2pm.
5. Wear wide-brimmed hats, long shirts and pants, and sunglasses with total UV protection.
6. Avoid tanning beds.
The next time you’re at the doctor, talk to them about getting a skin check. And remember to use your sunscreen!