Better Skin Manifesto

The Better Skin Manifesto is about more than our appearance.

It’s about fixing our problematic skin for any number of reasons.

Problematic skin can be painful, it can be exhausting, it will be mentally damaging and it’s almost always expensive.

In our manifesto, skincare that works doesn’t cost a fortune. It’s about getting the basics right, and in some cases this can improve problematic skin massively.

The basics are based on the science, they are also based on the seemingly innocent things we often overlook because we’re not told about them. Instead, we’re told about the latest and greatest product which ends up just letting us down again.

Whether you merely want to improve the appearance of your skin or you want to get it under control so you can start living your life again, the good news is that The Better Skin Manifesto is going to improve your skin.

Together we can take our first steps towards taming your skin.


Why Most Products Don’t Work:

Most products don’t work and it’s for a very simple reason…

Most products are made to be sold, and nothing else.

Promising people results because of adding in new ingredients, or new features is one of the oldest tricks in the book.

The problem is this usually is to the detriment of your skin. Adding in extra ingredients isn’t always a good thing. Plus a lot of the time these products use poor quality ingredients to save on costs.

Most of the businesses that operate in this way usually have deep pockets and world-class marketing teams which is why we continue to spend our money on products that don’t actually work.

How A Scientific Approach Helped Me Overcome My Acne:

My skin was ruining my life, making me hate what looked back at me in the mirror. I spent thousands over the course of nearly ten years trying to solve my acne.

I had been to the doctors, changed my diet, read blog posts, watched videos on youtube and all of the things that were recommended failed miserably.

My breaking point was after trying another system, which only ended up making things worse. So I simply gave up spending money on products and resigned myself to it… Looking back, I still find that sad.

Things did finally change though, and that’s when my boyfriend bought me a book called The Skincare Bible by Dr Anjali Mahto. It opened my eyes to the science of the skin.

After reading that book and doing further research I had finally learned about the right ingredients, vitamins, minerals, nutrients… It all helped me easily identify which products should be good, at least in theory.

I threw everything out that wasn’t a good product for my skin type and characteristics, and I bought less than a handful of products to test.

A few products were duds, but not because of the science. In fact, other products with the same ingredients did work, obviously quality matters… These products then improved my skin massively in a short amount of time. To say I was amazed is an understatement.

It was after testing these products that I decided to start TameYourSkin…

I decided to help others by starting this site and giving brutally honest and scientific reviews of the products I’ve tried. I also wanted to help by creating sections for this site based on your skin type such as oily, combination and dry skin.

The Manifesto:

Quick Tips:

Here are some simple changes to make to your general routine that can really help.

  • Change your pillowcases regularly and bedding regularly.
  • Wash your hands before touching your face, this includes washing and applying skin care products.
  • Clean your phone screen regularly with isopropyl alcohol.
  • Start drinking an additional glass of water per day, and increase over time.
  • Cut down on your sugar intake in whatever way you can.

Identify Triggers:

We all have different triggers, for example, people say that dairy often makes them break out. For me that’s not the case… However certain fatty meats do cause me to break out.

It’s not always necessary to keep a strict diary, but do keep in mind what you did even a few days ago can cause a breakout to happen today.

Keeping a list of suspects and focusing on correlating those with breakouts is never a bad idea.

Daily Skin Care Steps:

I learned through my ten years of learning, experimentation, testing that there are certain things you should do daily. There are also some things that you shouldn’t do, and those are purposely omitted from this list.

The products you need will vary based on your own skin type and skin characteristics, but these steps should be followed by everyone.

  • Cleanse
  • Tone
  • Moisturize
  • Eye Cream (at night)

Follow this routine twice daily for best results, or at night if you can only do it once. If you wear makeup double cleanse, ideally at night.

Weekly Skin Care Steps:

Depending on your skin type and other factors you should be exfoliating between one and three times per week. While I wish I had a definitive answer for you on how often you should exfoliate, I don’t have that answer…

What I do have is a general rule of thumb approach that seems to work well for friends as well as myself.

Dry Skin: Once Per Week Combination Skin: Twice Per Week Oily Skin: Three Times Per Week

Essential Products (By Type):

While the actual product will vary from person to person, there are certain products everyone should have in their toolkit.

  • Face Wash
  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Moisturizer
  • Serum
  • Acne Treatment (as needed)


The science tells us that skincare can actually be a lot simpler, whether it’s acne or just excessive oiliness or dryness.

What varies, is that the products and ingredients are relative. There is no one size fits all solution.

By focusing on the basics and the core science we can start improving our skin today. That’s what The Better Skin Manifesto is all about.

Thanks for reading,