Independence Day 2021 is bringing you an Altiora Plastic Surgery and Medspa special alert.  An Altiora Special Alert means we are are ringing an alarm bell because of the sun danger your July 4 holiday presents to your skin.  As the summer heats up, we are always concerned about the July heat, not only for Independence Day, but for the entire summer.

2021 Skin Danger:  A Very Special Alarm for This Year’s Independence Day

Special Sarasota Sun Alert for Independence Day 2021

Just as we always do before Independence Day, we are warning you about the intense skin damage and premature aging of the rays of the sun.

However, our alert is more severe for Independence Day 2021 than in many previous years. Currently, the forecast of 90 degrees might not even sound very daunting for a hot golden weekend of fun in the sun.

However, remember that even if the weather brings us overcast weather, the harmful rays of the sun bring us risks of severe skin damage. And for this holiday, the threat is much worse. Read on and discover why.

Post-Pandemic Enthusiasm Sparks Healthcare Concerns for Independence Day 2021: Your  Skin and Fun in the Sun

Naturally, we know it’s almost time to celebrate July 4th with Fun, Food, Family, and Fireworks.  In fact, we at Sarasota Cosmetic Surgery and Altiora Medspa, take this moment to wish you a Happy, Healthy, and Safe July 4, 2021.

Because of the Pandemic, many areas of the country are just now bursting forth from Covid-19 restrictions.  Therefore, this Independence Day is imbued with new significance and special meaning.

Likewise, many families who were unable to see each other or hug will undoubtedly be getting together to celebrate July Fourth. Family, friends, festive food–and even fireworks– will fill our senses with new-found joy on our Independence Day.

Fun in the Sarasota Sun With Caution:  Our Independence Day Skin Tips

Fun in the Sun is the mandate of all the week-ends in July, but especially the Independence Day Holiday.

Now, many families and friends are reuniting after quarantines and restrictions. Thus, enthusiasm for sunning, swimming, boating, and picnicking abound.

We know you will cherish the memories you make with family, friends, and fun over this patriotic Holiday. Our concern for your skin comes from our understanding that, in all the excitement, it’s easy to forget the sunscreen.

It’s also too easy to spend too many hours in the golden but harmful rays of summer 2021. The intense excitement, energy, and “vibe” of Independence Day 2021 is so very different than last year’s restricted Pandemic summer of Covid-19.

However, we implore you not to take risks with your skin. Follow the Altiora Free Independence Day Skin Safety Tips.  We might have suggested them in previous blogs, but now we are shouting them louder than in any other summer.

Free Independence Day Skin Safety Tip 1:  Watch the Sunshine Clock

Independence Day 2021:  Don't Take Your Freedoms For Granted.

Survival Cream–Sunscreen lotion is essential for your Independence Day celebration, even in the shade.

We know the sun can seem golden sweet and tempting. But please check the time if you have the urge to sun worship, sun-bathe, layout or tan.

We recommend that you stay away from the sun between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Why? The Altiora answer is simple. You see, those are the hours that carry the worst of the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun right to the tiny skin-cells. Those are the hours you are most likely to attract skin damage.

Even after those hours, we advise you to use awnings, cabanas, and sun umbrellas. And please, absorb your sunshine during the safer hours of sun exposure. And, would you believe you still need to use sunscreen, even in the Sarasota shade? You do.

Second of our Free Tips for July Fourth Skin Safety:  Use Your Head


In Sarasota, it’s not just fashion–Your sunhat gives you major protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Read more about it below in our Altiora Summer Skin Tips. 

Every summer, we ask you to forgive us if these fast, free skin safety tips sound a little like fashion advice. Our fashion advice is based on health and safety, not beauty.

However,  gorgeous wide-brimmed hats are very chic in 2021. They are available in almost every store in St. Albans. That’s not why you should buy them. The top of your head is the first place to begin your summer skin protection.

Buying a Safe Sun hat

But, would you believe, there is an art to buying a safe sun hat?  In fact, we have several cautions for choosing such a hat for protection from the sun.

  • Did you know half-brim hats, scoop hats, and (cringe) ball caps are actually poor sun protection?  Lacey or loosely woven brims do not help you either.
  • We hope you pick a wide-brimmed hat that encircles your head and shades your neck and shoulders.
  • It might not be as fashionable as some, but we have been advising patients for years that the best hat for sun protection, bottom-line, is a dark-colored canvas hat.
  • Also, Altiora Plastic Surgery & Medspa wants to make it perfectly clear: As we have said before, “No hat in the world is enough protection unless you also apply your sunscreen.” 

Try Our Stylish Hemline Advice:  Our Third Trendy Free Skin Safety Tip

We are amazed that we are seeing more long shirts and skirts than ever before on the streets, sidewalks, and beaches of Sarasota. Just as they did in 2019, those garments, have blended sun-sense and style sense  That is really sun-dressing at its best.

Number Four, for More Than Skin Safety:  Surprise Your Precious Eyes With Protection

Give your eyes as well as your skin protection from the Sarasota sun.

Everyone looks like movie stars in wrap-around sunglasses. Aviator, cat-eyes, or Round, a good pair of sunglasses protects the delicate tissue of the eye area from almost 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. By the way, did you know that good sunglasses also protect you from cataracts?

Be Sunscreen Smart July Fourth, 2020–Our Fifth Free Tip for July Fourth:  Sunscreen

Invest in a new bottle of sunscreen. You do know that the bottle from last summer is probably worthless now, don’t you?

Important Points about Your Sunscreen

For Independence Day celebrants, our biggest point here is that no sunscreen is strong enough to protect your skin if you forget about it. If your sunscreen stays in a beach bag, your bathroom, or your car, it can’t help.

  • Seriously, be sure to apply your sunscreen to all exposed areas of your skin.
  • Then be certain to save your skin from the sun’s damaging rays by reapplying it if you go into the water, sweat, or rub down with a towel.

Sunshine, July Fourth and Saving Your Sarasota Skin

We know bronze-colored skin is considered to be stylish. Isn’t ironic that this golden, glowing bronze signifies sun damage?

Beautiful Lady Celebrates Independence Day with sun and sea. When she returns to the sand, we hope she re-applies her sunscreen.

Are you aware you are semi-cooking your skin cells?

Please consider the dangers inherent in that deep bronze Sarasota-tan color:  If you do not have smart sun habits, you are taking some serious risks.

  • You are risking skin cancer.
  • Premature skin aging.
  • Wrinkles and ugly age spots. And we know these conditions are not chic.

Honoring Independence Day 2021

It’s a thrilling, grilling, fun time for picnics, barbecues, cook-outs, parades, and parties.  July 4th is also a time to feel delighted in the liberty and freedom that is part of the legacy of this country.

Amid all the festivities, we hope you and your children take a moment to examine what it really means in your head and in your heart, to be an American.

Our Shameless Patriotism:  Not Just Skin-deep

Independence Day 2021:  Enjoy the Fireworks and Celebrate the Freedom We Enjoy in America.

Floridians will be celebrating their patriotic hearts all over the Sarasota beaches.  Just keep your family and friends safe from the harmful rays of the Sarasota Sun.

Special quotations from famous champions of the USA remind us of the real meaning behind Independence Day.

1.  President Harry S. Truman:

“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”

2.  President Bill Clinton

“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.”

3.  President Ronald Reagan:

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. Or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Travel on July 4:  Expect the Unexpected–More Independence Day Concern from Your Health Professionals at Altiora

We remind you that travel in some local and state areas might still require some restrictions.  Plus, below are some special cautions from the CDC. If you are not vaccinated but still travel, they recommend:

  • Social Distancing.
  • Mask-wearing of course.
  • Wash your hands faithfully. And get tested for exposure to COVID-19 both before and after travel.
  • Get Vaccinated as soon as possible.
  • Remember that the CDC is currently concerned about the newest variant of Covid-19, the Delta Variant.

Remember. Vaccinated or not, masks must be worn on planes, buses, trains, and public transportation. At least this is true as of the publication of this blog.

Our Independence Day Wishes for You

Independence Day 2021:  Take Time to Remember the Cost of Freedom.

Independence Day is a Great Date to Celebrate your freedom and health with friends and family.

We, at Sarasota Plastic Surgery and Medspa, know it’s time for barbecues, picnics, pool parties, and fabulous firework displays.

So, we take this opportunity to wish you a Star-Spangled Happy Independence Day!  And, we especially wish you a safe return home. Please remember our Altiora Special Alert and pack your sunscreen lotion.

And finally, just as we have in previous years, we leave you with the words of this inspirational song.

God Bless The USA by Lee Greenwood

If tomorrow all the things were gone,
I’d worked for all my life.
And I had to start again,
with just my children and my wife.

I’d thank my lucky stars,
to be livin here today.
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
and they can’t take that away.

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,

God bless the USA

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