Soon the Jersey Shore may start smelling like Starbucks. The reason? Caffeine may guard against harmful damage from the sun’s rays.
A Rutgers study gives further credence to a theory about the benefits of caffeine for preventing skin cancer. “Caffeine might become a weapon in prevention because it inhibits ATR (a protein enzyme in the skin) and also acts as a sunscreen and directly absorbs damaging UV light,” said Allan Conney, director of the Susan Lehman Cullman Laboratory for Cancer Research.
One day, beachgoers—or anyone else concerned about sun exposure—might apply a lotion loaded with caffeine. Learn more.