The warmth of the sun may feel blissful, but it can cause serious damage to the skin. Even people who are careful now about wearing sunscreen and staying covered up may still be suffering from skin damage that happened years ago.

Believe it or not, it is actually possible to reverse the effects of sun damage. With a little time and the right products, anyone’s skin can look younger and fresher than it has in years. Using these tips can minimize dark spots, lessen the appearance of lines and wrinkles and leave skin feeling soft and fabulous.

The first step toward reversing sun damage is exfoliation. Essentially, the skin’s outermost layer is composed of dead skin cells. These dead cells give the skin an uneven, blotchy appearance. Fortunately, there are several ways to slough off the dead cells to leave skin looking younger and brighter. Look for an alpha hydroxy acid, or AHA, cleanser or a serum that has glycolic acid. Either of these products has the power to dissolve dead skin cells. Alternatively, opt for a home microdermabrasion kit, which sprays tiny crystals on the skin to buff away dead cells. No matter which exfoliation method is chosen, be sure to follow all directions to the letter.

After getting rid of dead skin cells, it’s time to lighten up the brown spots. The products used to achieve this are sometimes referred to as bleach, but rest assured that no actual bleach is required. Instead, look for widely available products that have ingredients like kojic acid and hydroquinone. When used regularly, sometimes being applied two or three times a day, these active ingredients can really lighten up even the most stubborn dark spots.

Antioxidants are wonderful weapons that can help reverse sun damage as well. Eat nutrient rich pomegranates, crimini mushrooms and Montmorency cherries to boost antioxidants from the inside out. At the same time, treat skin with topical creams containing antioxidants so they can be absorbed directly into trouble spots. Serums that have Vitamin C are usually a good bet. Also, seek out treatments with hyaluronic acid or AHA to stimulate new collagen production.

When it comes to reversing the effects of sun damage, a dermatologist can prescribe a number of effective treatments. LED and laser treatments can both remedy a multitude of skin issues. Remember that it’s never too late to reverse the damaging effects of the sun.