This past weekend, I took advantage of our beautiful Southern California weather and enjoyed some pool time with my sister. We turned up the radio, poured ourselves a glass of Sangria and floated our way to a very relaxing Saturday. Despite our application of sunscreen with a 55 SPF, we got a little…pink.
So imagine my elation (and relief) when I logged into my computer this morning and the first article in iGoogle was “Drink More Wine, Get Less Sunburned”. This is just another benefit to add to the long list of why wine, particularly red, should be part of your lifestyle.
The article was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry and is, not surprisingly, based on a study conducted in Spain – a country that loves both wine and sun. The University of Barcelona and the Spanish National Research Council claims that the flavonoids in grapes can actually stop the chemical reaction that causes skin cells to die and that grapes could help protect the skin from sun burns and even skin cancer.
The University of Barcelona believes their research could lead to the development of skin creams and other products that will help to protect skin from sun damage. As for me, I will take mine in bottle form.