You're less likely to get sunburned if you drink a couple cups of green tea each day.
In a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, 14 healthy, fair-skinned young people who took 540mg of green tea catechins and 50mg of vitamin C for 12 weeks experienced less sunburn from UV rays, and less skin damage.
One 8-ounce cup of green tea contains approximately 300mg of catechins.
The beneficial nutrients in tea are polyphenols. Tea polyphenols possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic properties.
There is a clear sun-protective effect to tea.
If you don't want to drink it, you can apply it too. As a topical agent applied directly to the skin, green tea extract is also effective for preventing ultraviolet-induced skin damage.
Some cosmetic companies are adding green tea extract to moisturizers, sunscreens and anti-aging creams.
But do know this… you still need to apply sunscreen. Green tea will help, but it won't do the complete job!