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Dry Skin on Face | Q and A | Dry Skin on the Face Care

Image depicting dry skin on the faceWhat are the common symptoms of dry skin on the face?
If you have patches of dry, red or scaly skin on your face, together with inflammation, itching or irritation or a feeling that the skin on your face is tight, uncomfortable or even painful, you are suffering with dry skin on the face.

What causes dry skin on the face? Dry skin on the face lacks oil; it can also be caused by ageing, sunshine, wind, central heating, air conditioning and certain soaps.

Can dry skin on the face be cured or treated?

You may be prescribed a steroid cream or lotion, but there are associated side-effects that can leave the skin worse in the end. You can also buy expensive designer brands with complicated treatment programmes. We think there’s a better solution. Read on to find out what it is.

What is the best cure for dry skin on the face?

Our gentle Moisturising Therapy Balm locks in moisture and helps to heal dry skin on the face. Just rub it in gently after every bath or shower you take. You’ll find the cream quickly hydrates the skin, and achieves noticeable results within just two weeks.

Other tips for dry skin on the face

  1. Turn down the central heating thermostat
  2. Open the windows to let in fresh air every day
  3. Avoid too much sun, especially at midday
  4. Eat oily fish at least twice a week
  5. Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated
What’s in your dry facial skin treatment?

All our products are completely natural with no petroleum, parabens or chemicals, and no artificial colours or alcohol, so there’s no danger of an adverse reaction.

Here are the main active ingredients of our rich balm to treat dry skin on the face:

  • Zander – a rare lake sediment that draws out impurities, promotes cell regeneration and boosts skin immunity
  • Shea butter & Kalahari Melon Seed oil with known hydrating qualities
  • Tea Tree oil – natural antiseptic and disinfectant

Give the Moisturising Therapy Balm for Dry Skin a try and let us know how you get on in the comments below.


Dry Skin | Q & A | Severe Dry Skin Care

Image of Severe Dry Skin on legsWhat is severe dry skin?
Severe dry skin can develop from mild dry skin and progress into a serious condition if left untreated, causing major discomfort and long-lasting problems.

Who gets severe dry skin?

Severe dry skin can happen to anyone, however older people are most commonly affected, as their skin produces less oil. Parts of the body most affected include the lower legs, arms, flanks and thighs.

What causes severe dry skin?

There are many causes for severe dry skin. Here are just a couple:

  • Eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis can lead to severe dry skin
  • Being in an air-conditioned environment or bathing too regularly, using harsher beauty or soap products. If left untreated, minor effects can develop into a more serious, severe complaint

What are the symptoms of severe dry skin?

If you have severe dry skin, you might suffer these symptoms:

  • Large patches of itchy skin without any visible rash
  • A harsh, acute burning sensation
  • Skin that appears red and exposed
  • Open cuts or sores from scratching and inflammation

Can severe dry skin be cured?

There is no long-term cure for severe dry skin, as it can reappear after the condition has subsided. However, there are a number of treatments – see below to find out more.

Can severe dry skin be treated?

Yes, there are lots of ways to treat severe dry skin and help relieve the symptoms. We recommend natural, steroid-free products that work with your skin to help replenish, nourish and soothe problem areas.

Natural treatment for severe dry skin

Here’s our chemical-free treatment for severe dry skin:

  1. Wash with our Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar; we suggest letting it soak in overnight for deeper, longer lasting nourishment.
  2. Apply our Ultra-sensitive Therapy Cream regularly, to soothe inflamed areas and provide 24-hour hydration.
  3. Use our Moisturising Therapy Balm, which is particularly effective on acute areas of severe dry skin.

Our 100% natural, chemical-free products are sensitive to troubled skin and act fast to soothe, calm inflammation and reduce irritation.

If you suffer from severe dry skin, why not try our Natural Dry Skin Treatment Products and let us know how you get on in the comments below.


Eczema in Babies | Q & A | Eczema on Babies Skin

Image of a BabyWhat is eczema in babies?
Eczema in babies most commonly develops between two and six months and often before the age of five. In babies, eczema usually starts on the cheeks and scalp, and can then spread to other areas such as the inner legs, arms and chest.

Skin with eczema may be dry, red, thickened, cracked, itchy or even broken and is worsened by babies or young children scratching and irritating the problem areas.

Customer Feedback
My two year old daughter has suffered with severe eczema for the last 8 months, leaving her raw, sore and very very grumpy.

We saw 4 different doctors who all suggested we use different creams and drugs, but nothing worked. At my wits end and feeling like a terrible Mother as I could not soothe my childs itchy skin, my friend recommended I try your soap. (Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar)

Within 6 weeks her skin has cleared up, the sores are gone and the itching is under control. I can’t believe the difference in my little girl, who now sleeps all night and is a happy, healthy child again.

Rachel McKenna

What are the common symptoms of eczema in babies?

Eczema varies in severity, and in some cases forms only as dry skin on the scalp or around the eyes, which can be easily unnoticed.

How to tell if your baby has eczema:

Babies suffering with eczema will have dry, patchy skin, which may be red, sore and easily inflamed. They will also have a high sensitivity to itching, and are more likely to develop other atopic diseases such as hay fever and asthma.

What causes eczema in babies?

Eczema is usually an allergic reaction, such as contact with a certain fabric, chemical or other irritant such as dairy products and harsh soaps. Like many conditions, stress, hormones and food intolerances can also worsen or trigger eczema.

Which babies are likely to get eczema?

Many sufferers of eczema have other family members who have the disease, but there is no way of measuring the likelihood of your baby getting the condition.

Can eczema in babies be cured?
Unfortunately science has not discovered a complete cure for eczema. Therefore the best we can hope for is to treat the symptoms of eczema and normalise the condition.

What is the best treatment for eczema in babies?

The best treatment for eczema is to first avoid any allergic triggers, it may also help if babies wear a rash vest to prevent itching at night.

For a natural eczema solution, you can try our eczema skin care regime. Our products contain no chemicals that may cause an adverse reaction in babies skin.

Recommended skin care regime for eczema in babies
1. Wash babies skin morning and evening with our Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar. We suggest using luke-warm pre-boiled water if you live in a hard water area.

2. Our Natural Emollient Cream for Eczema is perfect for young, sensitive skin. It gently soothes troubled areas, using essential oils as well as the healing qualities of Zander.

If you are purchasing our eczema treatment products for the first time, please visit our Eczema Treatment Combination page where you will enjoy a £5.00 Discount when purchasing the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar and Natural Emollient together.


Animal Testing

Image depicting No Animal TestingThere has been a great deal chatter on social media lately regarding animal testing with some major brands admitting that they do test products on animals. We have also been asked if we use animals during our product testing procedures.

This post is to assure our customers and prospects that Syrinx Za has never and continues not to test our products on animals. We test all of our products on willing humans, and we always will.

No Chemicals and No Testing on Animals.

They call us the natural skin care company for good reason as we only use ingredients found naturally in nature and we only use sustainable ingredients so we are not robbing our planet of its natural resources.

Syrinx Za management takes it responsibility to the environment, nature and humanity very seriously and we welcome any questions you may have about our products or our manufacturing methods. Please post any questions below this post and we will be happy to discuss them with you.


Global Handwashing Day

Image of Global Hand Washing DayRaising awareness of the Global Handwashing day 2012
What a great initiative Global Hand Washing Day is. It’s not until something is brought to your attention that it really brings the message home. I am a habitual handwasher, handwashing was drummed in to me from an early age now I know why!

Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar 20% Discount

We are supporting Global Handwashing Day with a 20% discount off our best selling Soap, the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar. Read more abut the special properties of our soap here and use discount code GHWD2012 in the shopping cart.

Watch the Informative Handwashing Day Video

The team at the Global Handwashing Day produced the short video below which brings home the need to wash your hands frequently to avoid passing on bacteria and desieses which you may have collected from a third party or surface you touch.

I’ll look at the shared bowl of peanuts or crisps on the bar in a different light in future!

Some nasty hand-borne disease facts:

  • 23% of Commuters have faecal bacterial on their hands
  • Government statistics indicate that 25% of foodborne illness is due to improper handwashing

Washing your hands with soap is one of the most practical and effective ways to prevent diarrhoeal diseases. Washing our hands is something we do habitually but it’s not always easy when we are out and about.

Global Handwashing Day Website

Please visit the Global Handwashing Day Website for more information:


Allergic Skin | Q & A | Allergic Skin Treatment and Care

Image of Soap for Allergic SkinWhat is allergic skin?
Allergic skin comes up in a red rash, blisters or weals that feel itchy or burning. Often, it’s the arms, legs, neck or chest that are most affected.

Here is an example of how Mick Say uses Syrinx Za Products to treat his skin allergy to Dogs and extremes in environmental conditions.

What causes allergic skin?

The most common causes for allergic skin are plants such as poison ivy, as well as harsh soaps and chemical detergents. However, some skin allergies can be triggered by central heating, wet weather, fumes, dairy products, dust mites, and nickel as used in watches and jewellery.

Who gets allergic skin?

Anyone can get a skin allergy at any time, especially those who already have dry or sensitive skin.

What are the symptoms of allergic skin?

Symptoms include:

  • Contact dermatitis with large burning itchy patches that take days to fade. There are three types:
    * irritant (results from exposure to irritants)
    * allergic (results from exposure to allergens)
    * phototoxic (either of the above, activated by sunlight)
  • Urticaria (known as ‘hives’ in the US) where a bumpy rash appears and fades in minutes or hours
Can allergic skin be cured?

As well as using natural products to protect and heal allergic skin, there are various things you can do:

  • Have an allergy test to identify the irritant
  • Do what you can to avoid the irritant
  • Use a mild or pH neutral soap
  • Turn down the radiators
  • Vacuum carpets and upholstery frequently
  • Change bedding often
  • Only wear precious metals
  • Cut out dairy products
Can allergic skin be treated?

Here’s some common advice for allergic skin treatments:

  • Immediately wash with water and apply lemon juice or vinegar
  • Apply calomine lotion or take antihistamine, hydrocortisone or zinc
  • Use an emollient (although some creams make allergic skin worse, by sealing toxins and chemicals into the skin)

On the other hand, you can try our alternative treatment for allergic skin – it’s 100% natural and clinically proven to be non-irritant.

Natural treatment for allergic skin

Our products are enriched with a natural cleansing agent we call Zander. It’s an ancient sediment that has the ability to draw impurities out of the skin. Here’s what to do:

  1. Make a lather with our Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar and rub it firmly into the affected area, without rinsing
  2. Moisturise with our Ultra-sensitive Therapy Cream, letting it dry naturally

Follow this treatment plan every morning and night, and you’ll find your skin is soothed within two weeks.

If you suffer from allergic skin, please give it a try and then update us in the comments below.

Read more about our allergic skin treatments


Acne | Q & A | Acne Treatment and Care

Best Acne TreatmentWhat is Acne?
Acne is a common skin disorder that can affect the face, chest and back.

What are the symptoms of Acne?

Acne includes cases of inflammation, scaly areas, pimples, spots, blackheads and boils. Severe cases of acne can last for prolonged periods and often result in scarring. It’s an unfortunate condition that can affect people psychologically. Luckily, we have a solution.

Who gets Acne?

Acne is most common in adolescence and can affect both males and females. The condition usually disappears as hormones settle over time, but it can last well into the twenties and sometimes beyond.

What causes Acne?

Acne appears due to an increase in testosterone during puberty that causes blocked follicles or pores, which leads to a build-up of sweat and subsequent bacteria. Hormonal changes in puberty and the menstrual cycle can mean that glands grow larger and produce more sebum. In other words, skin is oilier and more prone to break out in acne.

Can Acne be cured?

There is no absolute cure for acne, but there are a variety of treatments that help to reduce its affects and clear the skin. For example, you can try our 100% natural treatment that can achieve results in just two weeks.

Can Acne be treated?

Our chemical-free treatment regime tackles acne in three key ways: by removing the toxins and bacteria; by moisturising and hydrating the skin; and by soothing the irritation.

Natural treatment for Acne

Simply wash with our Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar twice daily, letting the rich lather soak in rather than rinsing it off. Free from steroids and other nasty additives, the bar has antiseptic qualities and is proven to relieve skin conditions thanks to a powerful mineral called Zander – a therapeutic mud that has been used to treat skin conditions for thousands of years!

Please give it a try and tell us how you get on in the comments below.

Dry Skin | Q & A | Dry Skin Treatment and Care

What is dry skin?
Dry skin is fairly common, but it can progress to a serious condition that causes inflammation and discomfort. Severe dry skin like this would be considered a type of eczema.

Who gets dry skin?

Anyone can experience dry skin at any time, while older people often get it as their skin produces less oil, especially on the lower legs, arms, flanks (sides of the abdomen) and thighs.

What causes dry skin?

There are a number of causes for dry skin. Here are just a few:

  1. You may find your skin is drier during the winter months. This is because skin loses moisture when there is lower humidity due to cold air outside and heated air inside
  2. Being in an air conditioned environment
  3. Bathing too frequently, especially if you use harsher soaps and beauty products

What are the symptoms of dry skin?

If you have dry skin, these are some of the symptoms you may notice:

  • Itchy patches of skin without any visible rash
  • Skin that is prone to flaking or peeling, even after a layer has already worn off
  • A burning sensation
  • Skin that appears white and dusty or red and exposed
  • Open cuts or sores from scratching and inflammation
Can dry skin be cured?

There is no long-term cure for dry skin. If you are affected, you’ll find it often reappears, especially when your skin is exposed to indoor heating or air conditioning.

Can dry skin be treated?

Yes, there are a number of ways to treat dry skin. Doctors will prescribe harsh steroid creams with their associated side-effects, but we suggest you choose a treatment that doesn’t involve steroids or chemicals.

Natural treatment for dry skin

Here’s a chemical-free treatment for dry skin:

1. Wash with our Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar, letting the lather soak in overnight to replenish and nourish dry skin
2. Apply our Ultra-sensitive Therapy Cream to soothe inflamed areas and provide 24-hour hydration
3. Use our Moisturising Therapy Balm which is particularly effective on areas of very dry skin, such as hands, heels and chapped lips.

Our natural products reduce itching, cracks and sores and help dry skin to become softer and smoother within just a couple of weeks – with no steroids or risk of irritation.

If you suffer from dry skin, why not give this regime a try, and share your progress in the comments below.

You can read more about our dry skin treatment or perhaps contact us if you have any questions about dry skin or any other skin issue you may have.


Psoriasis | Q & A | Psoriasis Treatment and Care

What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin condition that particularly affects the elbows, knees, scalp and lower back. It ranges from sore and itchy red patches to cracked and bleeding skin, especially around joints.

Find out more about our Natural Treatment for Psoriasis


What are the common symptoms of psoriasis?

Here are the most common types of psoriasis:

  • If your skin has raised red patches with silvery white scales, that’s called ‘plaque psoriasis’ (this is the most common form)
  • If psoriasis covers large areas of the skin with pink spots or blotches, it may be ‘guttate psoriasis’
  • If the psoriasis affects your groin, folds of skin, armpits and the backs of your legs, it’s likely to be ‘inverse psoriasis’
  • If you experience white blisters surrounded by red skin that’s extremely itchy, you might have ‘pustular psoriasis’
  • If you have widespread reddening of the skin, it’s probably ‘erythrodermic psoriasis’

What causes psoriasis?

Psoriasis is caused when skin cells mature too quickly. The process should take around 28 days, but in people with psoriasis, it can take only three or four days. That means the new cells arrive at the surface still surrounded by their intercellular glue.

Initial triggers for psoriasis appear to be related to stress, skin injury and streptococcal throat infection. The condition often flares up when the season changes.

Who gets psoriasis?

The cause is not known, but if one or both parents have psoriasis, it’s more likely that you will have it too. It’s important to note that psoriasis is not infectious; sharing this knowledge helps reassure people around you.

Can psoriasis be cured or treated?

In a survey, 71% of sufferers reported that psoriasis gave them a ‘significant’ problem’ in daily life, with 63% saying it made them feel self-consciousness and 58% experiencing embarrassment about it. Source: National Psoriasis Foundation 2008 as quoted on Wikipedia

With that in mind, it’s most unfortunate that there’s no cure. However, there is a treatment.

What is the best treatment for psoriasis?

Dry skin tends to erupt more often, so the best cure for psoriasis is to moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. We recommend the following 100% natural treatment that gives no risk of irritation.

Recommended psoriasis skin care regime:
1. Wash with our Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar every morning and night. Just let the lather absorb; don’t rinse it off.
2. Apply our Ultra Sensitive Therapy Cream after bathing or showering and at intervals throughout the day.

This treatment regime results in 24-hour hydration and noticeable results within two weeks. We urge you to give it a try and use the comments section below to let us know how you get on.

Find out more about our Natural Treatment for Psoriasis

Warts | Q & A | Warts Treatment and Care

What are warts?
Warts are small, rough lumps, the same colour as the skin, that usually grow on the hands and feet but can be anywhere on the body. Some warts last for a few years; others last for a few months.


What are the different types of warts?

Here’s a quick guide to identifying the type of wart you may have:

  • If you have a firm growth with a raised surface on your hand, elbow or knee, that’ll be a ‘common wart’
  • If you see some small, smooth bumps in clusters on the hands, legs or face, those are ‘flat’ or ‘plane warts’ (most common in children)
  • If you notice small growths gathered on the back of the hand, they are ‘mosaic warts’
  • If you experience a hard painful lump on a pressure point of your foot, it’s most probably a ‘plantar wart’

Note that ‘true’ warts are not to be confused with keratosis warts, moles, verrucas (white ‘warts’ on the sole of your foot), or skin tags.

What causes warts?

Warts are spread by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Don’t worry, it’s non-cancerous and no relation to HIV. You can catch warts if the virus enters your bloodstream though broken skin.

Can warts be cured or treated?

Warts are usually harmless but can be unsightly, so you may be looking for a cure.

What is the best cure for warts?

If you have a wart or warts, and are looking for a cure, there are many products available over the counter. Some of those contain chemicals and other ingredients which can irritate sensitive skin so we suggest you try our natural treatment for warts, which may take a little longer to get the job done, but with all natural ingredients they’ll leave the rest of your skin feeling deeply cleansed and refreshed.

Recommended skin care regime for warts

All our products are 100% natural and clinically proven to have no risk of an adverse reaction. Unlike chemical wart remedies, you can use this regime to treat facial warts as well as those on hands and feet:

1. Use our Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar every morning and night. The ingredients include Zander, which has the ability to ‘hook’ toxins out of your skin and feed the immune system. First, wash with the bar as you would with a normal soap. Then apply it again, rubbing the lather into the wart for at least 30 seconds. This time, just let the lather absorb; don’t rinse it off.

2. Moisturise with our Moisturising Therapy Balm to help replenish and protect the skin.

You should start to see results within only two weeks, however, we estimate it will take 4-8 weeks to completely remove a wart, depending on its size. Go on, give it a try! Then revisit this website to leave your feedback below…

Find out more about our natural way to remove warts