Summer may be long gone, but it left behind photo damage. Clear it up with no-downtime skincare technology

As women many of us are willing to try most anything noninvasive in the quest for anti-aging or aging prevention. Serums, creams, facials, lasers, LED lights—you name it. But a no-downtime treatment that can pull double or even triple duty? It’s not too good to be true. A technology called Mistral LHE is one of the latest and greatest ways to treat all skin types for photo damage, surface lesions, hair removal and acne, to name a few issues.

Known as intelligent phototherapy, the LHE stands for light, heat, energy. Mistral uses just that, but with no pain—as in not too much heat that it’s uncomfortable and not too much light to do any damage. “The patented technology using both light and heat enables the use of lower fluence levels, which increases the safety margin, especially for darker and more sensitive skin types, while maintaining high levels of efficacy,” says Nichole Hester, director of spa and business development for Chuan Spa, at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena. “The Mistral also has built-in OPT (optical pulse train) technology which allows skin to remain cool while temperatures reach effective treatment levels.”

In layman’s terms, it’s safe and even enjoyable. The treatment, which consists of an esthetician cleansing the skin before going over it in little zaps with the machine, is perhaps most wonder-working when it comes to pigmented skin. It treats both sunspots and age spots. One treatment begins correction, while “lasting and continuous clearance is reached after eight to 10 sessions,” says Hester. “Photo damage produces visible symptoms,” she adds, “and people with those signs of photo aging experience excellent clearances.”

Sun exposure should be avoided for 48 hours after a treatment, but that’s the only precaution one need take. And to go along with—or instead of Mistral, if it’s not feasible—Hester recommends Neova SmartSkincare at home, a brand she says significantly reduces visible photo aging by targeting DNA skin damage.

But for many, this treatment is worth seeking out. “We do see heightened response to less invasive treatments that produce the same results,” says Hester. “Today no one wants downtime and they’re seeking treatments that are safe and effective without a high cost.”