When it comes to skin woes, most of us have probably suffered from sunburn or windburn — or both — at one time or another. Believe it or not, they’re actually very different from one another.

Sunburn happens when we’re exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays, which causes direct damage to our skin cells’ DNA and can result in discoloration and age spots down the line. Sunburns can also put us at greater risk for skin cancer, which we should all know by now.

The takeaway: You definitely want to avoid both ailments at all costs, but ultimately, sunburn is more severe when you consider its long-term effects.