According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, just five or more sunburns over a lifetime will double your risk of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
Here’s what you need to know.
Lesesky says we get a lot of sun exposure doing things like running errands, going to work or the grocery store, sitting outside at lunch, and even sitting by a window. Most of the sun’s rays can also penetrate clouds, so Dr. Elizabeth Rostan, director at Charlotte Skin and Laser clinic, says people should wear sunscreen even on cloudy days. And sun protection should be a daily habit rather than something you do for the beach.
Lesesky recommends using a sunscreen daily with an SPF of at least 30, applying it on exposed areas like the face and forearms. She also said many good daily moisturizers have SPF in them.
“So you don’t have to choose a sticky, gooey, smelly sunscreen as your everyday use,” Lesesky said.
Doctors say the proper amount of sunscreen is an ounce – enough to fill a shot glass.
Reporter Joanna Nolasco contributed.