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Before I get into my review, I think it’s important to explain why I was so excited to try Tanri.
My background with skin cancer:
In college, I discovered tanning beds and went faithfully 2-3 times per week. I knew that tanning beds were directly related to the increase in skin cancer in young women, but I was young and thought I was invincible. It was a habit I continued up through 2016 – so roughly 13 years.
Early that year, after lots of prodding from my then-boyfriend (now husband), I made my first dermatologist appointment. I was still going to the tanning bed religiously, and he had noticed a suspicious spot near my neck. As I sat in the office, letting the doctor circle spot after spot on my body, I realized my bad habit had caught up with me. She ordered biopsies for ten spots!
A week later, my dermatologist called with the results – two spots were pre-cancerous, seven tested positive for basal cell carcinoma, and one spot was melanoma. For those who aren’t familiar, basal cell is the most common form of skin cancer, and is slow to spread. On the other hand, melanoma is the most dangerous, as it can spread rapidly to internal organs and the lymph system. The American Cancer Society estimates about 106,110 new melanomas will be diagnosed (about 62,260 in men and 43,850 in women), and that about 7,180 people are expected to die of melanoma (about 4,600 men and 2,580 women). What’s more, the Mayo Clinic states that melanoma is increasing in people under 40, especially women.
Fortunately, my melanoma had been caught early and was removed surgically without any sign of spreading. My pre-cancerous spots responded well to cryosurgery, and the basal cell spots underwent a six-week chemotherapy cream regimen.
For two years after that melanoma diagnoses, I had to have a skin check every three months. For the last three years, I’ve been able to reduce my visits to twice a year. Nearly every time I go for my skin check, a new basal cell or pre-cancerous spot is found and must be removed. At my last visit, it was two spots on my forehead. Luckily, my dermatologist hasn’t found any more melanoma.
What have I learned from this experience? Besides the obvious of skipping the tanning bed, I know my body better. If a mole looks the tiniest bit suspicious to me, I talk about it with my dermatologist. In fact, my next visit is this week and I have about three spots I’m going to point out to her.
I’ve also made sunscreen part of my daily routine – and that brings me to Tanri Outdoors Suncare Products!
I had the opportunity to try four different Tanri products:
As I mentioned, sunscreen is now a part of my daily routine and it was easy to work these products in! I found that the Daily Moisturizer was the perfect addition to my morning facial products. Every morning, whether fresh out of the shower on weekdays or pre-run on the weekends, I smoothed the daily moisturizer on my face. The SPF 30 sunscreen was my go-to in mornings as well, and it felt so light on my skin after showering.
On weekdays I typically run after work. After coming home and showering, I’d use the Tanri After Sun Restorative Moisturizer. I especially love how it felt on my shoulders, which always seem to get hit the hardest by the sun in the summer. The best part about all these products is that they’re not greasy. They don’t feel like the typical sunscreen that I always associate with beach trips, so that makes them great everyday products.
Have I mentioned that Tanri was created for runners, by runners? One cool feature on their website is the Run Club Search, which you can use to find run clubs in your area. They’re listed by state and city, and I loved seeing my run club listed!
My favorite of all the products was the lip balm. First, so many people neglect their lips when thinking about sun protection. Having experienced more than a few sunburns on my lips when I was younger, I know how important it is protect them so I love that Tanri included a lip balm sunscreen in their products. But the best part? The flavor – chai! I am obsessed with chai lattes so naturally I’m in love with the flavor of this product.
Let’s about a few things that make Tanri such an awesome company. First, near and dear to my heart, is that they donate 1% of every purchase to preserving natural parks. Tanri’s mission is to build a community of active outdoor-lovers that come together to give back to the earth we inhabit, and that’s something that my husband and I strongly believe in. We’re also self-professed national park geeks, so I love that Tanri gives back.
Another feature is that Tanri is a mineral sunscreen. I have to admit that I didn’t know anything about the difference between chemical and mineral sunscreen before trying Tanri, and they have a super helpful breakdown on their website that talks about what makes mineral sunscreen the better option. A few highlights:
- Mineral sunscreen works instantly.
- It’s safe for the environment, which means it’s reef friendly!
- The only FDA-approved sunscreen ingredients deemed safe are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, both of which are found in mineral sunscreens.
Something else that’s super appealing – Tanri is cruelty-free, vegan, and they use recyclable plastic for their packaging.
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Or if you need more convincing, check out these Tanri reviews from other BibRave Pros!