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I am going through a period of good body lotion karma. I have found two that I really like in a matter of months: The Organic Pharmacy Body Lotion Rose ($79), which I recently reviewed and Mirai Purifying Body Serum ($29). Mirai’s is a great everyday body lotion with astaxanthin, one of my favorite antioxidants.

Mirai means “the future” in Japanese and astaxanthin is a signature ingredient in its anti-aging skincare products. It even puts in an appearance in Mirai’s cleanser, the Purifying and Hydrating Face Wash. Now I’m being more than just an ingredient nerd when I get excited about Mirai’s partiality to astaxanthin. The thing is, this great antioxidant and skin brightener is all too rarely used in anti-aging cosmetics.  I’ll come back to why astaxanthin is so great in a moment. First, what else is there to like about and Mirai Purifying Body Serum?

Well, this body lotion is not meant for slathering all over. It is designed to be targeted where needed and is dispensed in parsimonious amounts from an airless pump. Since, lately, I’ve felt that all my body is in need, I have been using it everywhere in a thin layer. It is very lightweight and absorbs easily. Over time, I found that it helped the crepey skin on the backs of my legs and took down some freckles. It is a good quality and effective anti-aging body lotion at a decent price.

Astaxanthin is harvested from micro algae and gives most other antioxidants a run for their money. According to one scientist, astaxanthin can eliminate free radicals 6,000 times more effectively than vitamin C, 800 times more than CoQ10, 550 times more than vitamin E and green tea, 75 times more than alpha lipoic acid, and 20 times more than beta-carotene.

Furthermore,  a 2002 study on hairless mice, found that astaxanthin “can significantly prevent UV-induced collagen degradation, wrinkles, lipid peroxidation, sunburn, phototoxicity and photoallergy.” The same study also found topical astaxanthin reduces melanin by 40 percent. And there is also research that suggests astaxanthin may potentially prevent UV-induced skin cancer.

There are a few things not to like in the preservative department: sodium hydroxide and sodium benzoate. By the way, brassica alcohol should not be confused alocohol denat. It is a fatty alcohol from rapeseed that is highly emollient and often used as a hair conditioner. Finally, a word on Mirai Purifying Body Serum’s scent, which rather put off reviewer Nisha when she was testing it in the summer. It does have a strong, earthy smell that is very present on first application. But it dissipates quickly, with no lingering scent.

Ingredients in Mirai Purifying Body Serum: Water, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Brassicyl Isoleucinate Esylate, Brassica Alcohol, Lactobacillus/ Persimmon Fruit Juice Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Lecithin, Astaxanthin, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Prunus Domestica (Prune) Seed Oil, Palmitic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Sd Alcohol 40b, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Natural Fragrance