Wine: a Sunburn Preventative? Flavonoids contained in grapes are beneficial: study By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Aug 1, 2011 11:59 AM CDT 8 comments Comments This could help you avoid sunburn. (Getty Images) (Newser) – More good news for oenophiles: A new study shows that drinking wine might protect you from sunburn, or at least that's the Telegraph's take. Flavonoids contained in grapes can halt the chemical reaction that causes cell death and skin damage when UV rays hit the skin, Spanish scientists found. The head of the project thinks the research could be used to develop skin-protecting creams and products. The Telegraph optimistically writes that simply drinking wine or eating grapes could protect you from a nasty burn. Click for more on the benefits of flavonoids.