A team of researchers at Duke University reported in 2003 that topical application of a combination of 15 percent vitamin C and 1 percent vitamin E over a four-day period offered significant protection against sunburn.
Anyone who has ever suffered a severe sunburn knows how debilitating it can be, but the temporary physical effects you see and feel may have consequences far into the future that aren't apparent at the time.
Prescription worries: Certain medications make the skin ultra sensitive to the sun's rays, making a sunburn or allergic reaction a more likely possibility, even if you don't spend a lot of time outdoors.
While the sun offers many benefits, including supplying a good dose of immune-boosting vitamin D, exposure also provides plenty of risks, including sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles and damaged skin.
While there is nothing quite like romping in the sand or cruising with the top down on a warm summer day, prolonged exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays can cause a condition known as sunburn.