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Grapes may be useful skin protection, but sunscreen is considered a sure bet

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As summer begins winding down, you may be tempted to spend as much time in the sun as possible before fall arrives. You might also be tempted to brush off sunscreen, thinking that a few hours outdoors won’t do any harm. But the more you expose your skin to ultraviolet (UV) rays without protection, the higher your risk is of experiencing sun damage. Wrinkles, fine lines and red or brown spots can be brought on by failing to smooth on a protective ointment with adequate sun protection factor (SPF), a process that only takes a few minutes.

Over the years, many scientific studies have emerged, introducing innovative ways in which to fend off UV rays. One such research paper published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggested that eating grapes could potentially protect skin cells from experiencing sun damage, according to Fox News.

A team of scientists from the University of Barcelona and the Spanish National Research Council explained that this popular fruit contains antioxidants called flavonoids, which may stop the chemical reaction that leads to skin cell death and, consequently, damage. Additionally, drinking wine could have the same protective benefits.

According to biochemist Maria Cascante, “this study supports the idea of using these products to protect the skin from cell damage and death caused by solar radiation, as well as increasing our understanding of the mechanism by which they act,” quoted by the news source.

However, using the tried-and-true method of applying sunscreen has proven to be a reliable way of keeping skin safe from harmful UV rays. Items that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide can help reduce the amount of sunlight that penetrates the dermis, and many products are noncomedegenic.

Techniques do exist to address sun damaged skin for those who have developed wrinkles and fine lines as a result of UV exposure. There are many laser skin rejuvenation methods available at reliable medical spas, such as the Fraxel treatment, which addresses sun spots and other premature signs of aging.

Such procedures are safe, effective and minimally invasive. However, it’s a good idea to protect your skin in the first place. Purchasing and applying a reliable sunscreen can help prevent the development of damaged skin and serious conditions such as melanoma, allowing you to look younger for longer.