The things people do in their quest for youth skin!
Twenty-four women allowed German scientists to burn small patches of their skin with sunlamps and then measure subsequent redness – the kind that roughens and dulls skin over time. After 12 weeks, during which half the women took daily 329 mg doses of flavonoids (equal to 100 gms of dark chocolate), all were tested again. Women with the flavonoid advantage had 25% less redness from a second exposure than the other. Chocolate, tea and red wine are reservoirs of flavonoids, plant compounds that act like sun block, preventing aging effects caused by UV rays. How? Flavonoids may work by improving blood flow for the skin, the researchers say.