We know many of our readers, clients, family and friends will be spending time in the glorious Florida sunshine over the coming July 4, 2014 week-end holiday.

This is our official warning that the sun should be taken with extreme caution! We hope you will protect your skin.

In honor of the July 4th week-end, but for your use all summer long, we present some tips for surviving the Florida summer sun.

Tick! Tock!

Please stay away from the sun between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Those are the hours when the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun are most likely to damage your skin.
We also highly recommend awnings, cabanas, and sun umbrellas during the safer hours of sun exposure.
Would you believe you still need to use sunscreen, even in the shade? It’s true!

About Your Head!

We have seen some gorgeous wide-brimmed hats on the run-ways and on the beach this year. We do have a couple of cautions for choosing such a hat for protection:

1.  Select a hat with a wide brim that encircles your head. (Half-brims, scoops and ball caps are poor protection.

2. The brim should not be lacy or loose woven. Sun rays can penetrate that kind of style and destroy skin on your ears, neck and face.

The best protection is a dark-colored canvas hat. No hat in the world is enough protection, unless you also apply your sunscreen.

Our Fashion Advice!

Dress for the sunshine. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, flowing skirt, or long pants. At the very least, Orlando Cosmetic Surgery hopes you will invest in a long beach cover-up that really covers the exposed parts of your skin.

Did you know there are clothes to protect your skin from UVA and UVB light?

Check out this online source and see clothing styled as sun protection.

Remember Your Eyes Are Precious

Wrap-around sunglasses are more than merely chic. A good pair of sunglasses protects the delicate eye area from almost 100% of both UVA and UVB rays.

Did you know that good sunglasses also protect you from cataracts?

Be Sunscreen Smart:

Invest in a new bottle of sunscreen; that bottle from last summer is probably worthless now. Plus, no sunscreen is strong enough to protect your skin, if it stays in a beach-bag. Seriously, be sure to apply your sunscreen to all exposed areas of your skin. Save your skin from the suns damaging rays by reapplying it if you go into the water, sweat, or rub down with a towel.

This July 4th, and every summer day to follow in 2014, is sure to bring you many opportunities for sunshine and sunburn.

We know a bronze colored skin is considered to be stylish. Please consider the dangers inherent in that golden bronze color:  Without sunscreen and smart sun habits, you are risking skin cancer, premature skin aging, wrinkles and ugly age spots. These are not fashionable, trendy or stylish.

As the great American Ben Franklin used to say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!” That is exactly what your use of sunscreen is:  an “ounce of prevention” for cancer and pre-mature aging.

We also send a special shout-out at home and abroad, to the men and women who are serving in the United States Armed Forces.

The doctors and staff of the Orlando Cosmetic Clinic wish you a fun-filled July 4th Celebration; filled with the spirit of the “land of the free and the home of the brave!”