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No Doctor’s Office Necessary: Everly Well Offers At-Home Testosterone Testing and More

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No one likes going to the doctor. Co-pays, hidden feeds, and inflated pricing (combined with a dislike of being poked and prodded by a cold-handed stranger) make that unwillingness to schedule a doctor’s appointment for something minor to seem downright reasonable. Add in the ridiculous health care system we find ourselves in in the U.S. today and it becomes readily understandable when someone declares they’d “rather see a vet than an MD.”

But beyond all the political and economic baggage is the sense of the self-being divorced from one’s own health care.

Aside from seeing a doctor, you can really only know how healthy you are be being proactive — that is, eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep, all the little health tips that the medical profession recommends, but almost no one actually follows (and even that doesn’t guarantee you don’t have a malady lurking deep inside). And this leads to asking Google. Which results in internet answers.

Is that twitch in your arm the first signs of degenerative neurological disease? According to that website, of course it is! Is your low libido and exhaustion caused by excessive work and stress driven by an over-competitive capitalist culture? Nope. That’s just low T. That unwell feeling you get after eating Chinese takeout? That’s not because you overate, that’s a sign of a food allergy!

So, we’ve got two factors here: One, we all hate the doctor and two, we all think we know what’s wrong with us without actually going to the doctor.

To really find out what’s wrong with us without having to visit a doctor, it’s time to try something else. Something like, say, science, which typically comes in the form of a lab test.

Everly Well, which you may have seen on an episode of television’s Shark Tank, is a direct-to-consumer health testing company that wants to shift the cost and control of your health information out of the hands of doctors and insurers and into your own.

Ever wanted to know what your testosterone levels are? How about your cortisol (the stress hormone) levels? What about your thyroid or food sensitivity, or even STDs? Ever wanted to know all this without stepping foot into a medical building? If so, you’re not alone.

In fact, we were one of those questioning our own health so it was a delightful surprise when Everly Well reached out to The Manual to sample the brand’s Men’s Health Test.

Quick and easy (the test took five minutes, mostly because we had to work up a ton of saliva), the results were back within a week and fully informative; we found out that all our levels measured (free testosterone, DHEA, cortisol, and estradiol) were completely normal except for elevated DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), which the kit informed us could be the result of weight training and supplement use, specifically creatine. Guilty!

Ready to take the leap and get your own medical info sans doctor? Here’s how to do it.

How Everly Well Works

  • Decide which test you’d like to take. Check out Everly Well’s full spectrum of offerings here. We obviously recommend the Men’s Health Test or the Free Testosterone test, but we’re not your doctor and you don’t need one in this situation, so choose which one you’re most interested in.
  • Receive the testing kit.
  • Enter your bar code on Everly Well’s website to get yourself in their system.
  • Provide your sample (whether saliva or a finger prick blood sample) and return the kit to Everly Well in the pre-paid shipping container.
  • Wait a few days while your tests are run and are reviewed by a board-certified physician.
  • Receive your results in just a few more days!

And that’s it. Once you receive your results, you’re free to use that information to begin your own personalized health improvement plan or provide the results to your doctor at your next visit (whenever that may be) in order to more easily and readily begin a conversation about your immediate (and test-backed) health concerns.

Looking to boost your testosterone? Be sure to get plenty of sleep, weight train, and eat right.

Mineral vs chemical sunscreen: Which one should you actually use?
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Even on cloudy days or days spent indoors, wearing sunscreen every day is a non-negotiable part of a healthy skincare routine. Not only can excess sunlight cause premature aging of the skin, but it's also critical to wear sunscreen to protect against various types of skin cancer. When choosing sunscreen, you'll find two main types -- chemical and mineral sunscreen. The mineral vs chemical sunscreen debate has been an ongoing one, as both forms of sunscreens have their pros and cons. Below, we'll dive into the pros and cons of each type of sunscreen to help you choose the best option.

Pros and cons of chemical sunscreen
Chemical sunscreens, often made of chemicals such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octinoxate, or other similar chemicals, are absorbed into the skin when applied. This type of sunscreen is generally easy to apply to the face and body and absorbs UV rays that touch the skin.
Pro: hydrating for the skin
Due to the thin and blendable nature of chemical sunscreens, they are generally hydrating for the skin and can be added to cosmetics such as moisturizers, skin tints, or foundation products.
Pro: sweat and water resistant
Many cosmetics that market "SPF included" contain chemical sunscreens. People also like chemical sunscreens because they are quite sweat and water-resistant.
Pro: no white residue
Chemical sunscreens also blend well into the skin and do not leave any white residue. If you think back to the sunscreen you used as a kid, chances are it was a chemical sunscreen. Mineral sunscreens have become more popular in recent years as consumers are paying more attention to the ingredients in their skincare and health products.
Con: not the best for sensitive skin
Although chemical sunscreens are easy to use, they are not always a great choice for those with skin conditions or sensitive skin. The chemicals found in this type of sunscreen can cause allergic reactions or worsen conditions such as melasma.
Con: chemical ingredients and environmental impact
In addition, some of the chemicals used in these products may be linked to cancer, as trace amounts get absorbed into the bloodstream. Another con to consider is the environmental impact of chemical sunscreen, which may damage reefs and other marine environments.

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Why everyone is saying bakuchiol is the new (natural) alternative to retinol for your skin
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Expected to reach USD 1.79 billion by 2030, the global retinol market has been on the rise recently -- offering an easy and accessible way to achieve brighter, more youthful skin at home. Retinol works by helping to increase your skin's proliferation (creating new skin cells) and helps increase your skin's collagen production to help target acne, fine lines, wrinkles, and other common skin concerns.

Although many people find they have great success with retinol, it's not for everyone. Not only can retinol be harsh on certain skin types, but it's not always the best choice for those who prefer a more natural skincare routine or one that is plant-based. That's why many people opt for Bakuchiol, a natural retinol alternative. Below, we'll break down the hype about Bakuchiol and its potential benefits for your skin.
What is bakuchiol?
Bakuchiol comes from a plant grown in India known as Psoralea corylifolia. Also known as the "babchi" plant, this botanical extract has been used in ancient Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic practices for centuries. Recently, Bakuchiol has gained popularity in the skincare world, offering properties similar to those of the well-known retinol. Bakuchol extract is offered in many forms to add to your skincare routine, such as in serums or moisturizers. Sometimes, Bakuchiol is also combined with other botanicals, such as jojoba or rose hip, to help improve effectiveness.
What are the benefits of bakuchiol?

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My 5 favorite (discounted) Tom Ford colognes in April 2024
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When you buy a Tom Ford cologne, you get one of the best men’s colognes around. However, understandably, such fragrances come at a premium. If you’re keen to save money while also scoring some great new fragrances this month, we’ve got all the best cologne deals on all things Tom Ford. Once you’ve chosen the right cologne for you, dive into our highlights below to see the best Tom Ford cologne deals that are available this month.
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver -- $122, was $235

Launched in 2009, Tom Ford Grey Vetiver aims to encapsulate the modern man’s spirit with timeless elegance. It has top notes of grapefruit which blends with the aromatic freshness of sage. There are also notes of orange flower, orris, and a hint of spicy nutmeg and pimento. Base notes of amber woods and oak moss add earthy depth which last throughout the day in a manly yet sophisticated way. For a more traditional and classic scent, you can’t go wrong with Tom Ford Grey Vetiver.

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