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Why SPF doesn't really matter and other sunscreen facts

Sunscreen is one of the most popular forms of protection from the sun's damaging rays. But how and why it works is often met with confusion. Here's what you need to know:

1) SPF measures burning, not cancer protection. There's a difference

SPF stands for sun-protection factor. It's a commonly used metric for measuring sunscreen protection against burning. It is not, however, a cancer protection measure. That's because there are two types of light that can hurt your skin and cause the cells to mutate into cancer: ultraviolet-A and ultraviolet-B. UVB rays burn your skin, increasing the likelihood of cancer. UVA light damages the skin at a deeper level, causing…

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