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Can Red Wine Help Prevent Sunburn Damage?

Substances in red grapes may block sunburn-related chemical changes in skin cells—changes that lead to damaged skin—a team of Spanish researchers has found.

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Substances in red grapes may block sunburn-related chemical changes in skin cells—changes that lead to damaged skin—a team of Spanish researchers has found.

Those same substances, known as flavonoids, are also found in red wine.

Specifically, the study (published earlier this year in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry) found that flavonoids block the action of molecules known as “reactive oxygen species.” Previous research has shown that these molecules, which are generated by ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, alter how skill cells function—even destroying some of them.

But don’t go tossing out your sunscreen for a bottle of your favorite Merlot. The findings from this study, which was conducted on skin cells in a laboratory, are very preliminary.

Nor is it likely that scientists are going to find that drinking one or two glasses of red wine (or grape juice, for that matter) daily will be all you need to protect yourself from UV damage.

Where this science may be leading, however, is to new skincare products—ones that incorporate flavonoids into their active ingredients. Stay tuned.