IT may leave you looking a little flushed… but incredibly red wine might prevent you getting sunburnt.

According to researchers at Barcelona University, the popular tipple is good in the sun.

A study in conjunction with the Spanish National Research Council reveals that flavonoids found in grapes can protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

Researchers looked at the chemical reaction in the skin when hit by UV rays and found that flavonoids can stop the reaction that causes cells to die and therefore damage the skin.

Several studies have demonstrated that human skin can be protected against UV radiation by using plant-derived anti-oxidants.

Scientist Marta Cascante is now hoping that the findings will be used to create better sun-protecting products.

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