If you have the telltale signs of sun damage - age spots, fine lines, etc - then you might want to look into a chemical peel to treat your skin. One popular brand of peel is the Obagi Blue Peel which improves the overall appearance of the skin by removing the skin's outermost layers, revealing fresher, younger looking skin.
Like other peels, the Obagi Blue Peel doesn't require sedation and application of the solution takes about 20 minutes and the skin is healed in about 7-10 days. The physician can take the peel deeper if needed so that even more serious sun damage can be resolved. During treatment, patients often report a burning sensation that lasts for several minutes, and there may be some swelling afterwards, but all in all, it's not considered a painful procedure.
As Dr. Mark Youssef, from Unique Cosmetic Surgery in Santa Monica, CA points out today on The Doctors, what makes the Obagi Blue Peel stand apart is the blue tint that helps the physician to see how deep the peel is going, which increases patient safety. Patients may also notice a bluish tint to the skin. This skin discoloration should dissipate within a day or two, and you'll see your skin begin to peel, which will continue for several days.
Your complexion will continue to improve over several weeks, and within 4-6 weeks, the skin is generally clear, smooth, healthy, and firm.