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Eczema | Q & A | Eczema Treatment and Care

What is eczema?
Eczema is a common skin condition that particularly affects the inner knees and elbows, face, neck and chest. Skin with eczema may be dry, red, thickened, cracked, itchy or even broken.

Caroline Le Brun suffered with eczema on her hands for over 40 years. She tried our regime, and said: “The skin…began to generate and heal before my very eyes! I am total convinced of its healing properties and will strongly recommend it to anyone with this problem.”

What are the common symptoms of eczema?

How to tell what type of eczema you have:

  • If your skin is dry or itchy in patches, it may be ‘atopic eczema’
  • If your eczema seems to be caused by detergents or cleaning products, that’s ‘irritant contact eczema’
  • If your eczema reacts to substances such as perfumes, hair dye or nickel, then it’s ‘allergic contact eczema’
  • If your eczema reacts to yeast and is focused around your scalp, nose and eyebrows, it’s likely to be ‘seborrhoeic eczema’
  • If you’re older and your eczema affects your lower legs and ankles, it’s called ‘varicose eczema’
  • If you get disc-shaped patches of eczema, it’s ‘discoid eczema’ (this type is less common in babies)

What causes eczema?

Eczema usually flares up as a reaction to something, such as contact with a certain fabric, chemical or other irritant. As with many conditions, stress, hormones and food intolerances also play a part.

Who gets eczema?

Eczema can affect adults, children and babies.

Can eczema be cured or treated?

As yet, sadly, there’s no cure for eczema. Science will find a way, hopefully in the near future, but until then we are here to help ease the discomfort of eczema.

What is the best cure for eczema?

As stated there is no cure for eczema yet, however eczema sufferers should avoid any treatment that contains chemicals, as that may cause the condition to flare up. Our eczema skin care regime is 100% natural, with no chemicals that may cause an adverse reaction. Read on for full details…

Recommended eczema skin care regime

1. Wash morning and night with our Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar. Don’t rinse off the lather, just let it soak in. (We suggest you use pre-boiled water if you live in a hard water area.)

2. Gently apply our Natural Natural Emollient Cream for Eczema

3. For extra protection outdoors, use our Moisturising Therapy Balm

Caroline Le Brun suffered with eczema on her hands for over 40 years. She tried our regime, and said: “The skin…began to generate and heal before my very eyes! I am total convinced of its healing properties and will strongly recommend it to anyone with this problem.”

Take a tip from Caroline, and give our eczema treatment a try. Then let us know how you got on by adding a comment below. Find out more about our natural treatment for eczema


Eczema Treatment Which Reduces Redness, Inflammation and Itching.

eczema treatmentScience has advanced somewhat since the industrial revolution and everything is better today than it was back in the days of coal and steam. Experimentation allows us to blend and perfect formulas helping us to identify what works best with particular skin issues allowing us to create an effective eczema treatment.

This week is National Eczema Week 2012 and we are proud to offer an eczema treatment to sufferers in the shape of two effective eczema treatment engineered to keeping eczema under control.

Use discount code ECZEMA2012 to get 20% discount on our eczema treatment during National Eczema Week.

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Clinically Tested Natural Eczema Treatment

Behind the Syrinx Za brand is a mission to create a natural eczema treatment and a meaningful range of natural skincare products, offering a fresh approach to skin health.

Traditionally many emollients which are used in eczema treatments actually seal and lock heavy metals in to the skin; we have scientific evidence that shows that Zander which is our prime eczema treatment ingredients actually removes heavy metals and toxins from the skin leaving skin deeply cleansed and able to improve sensitive skin issues such as eczema.

All of our products undergo stringent independent clinical testing to show that they are suitable for all skin types and all ages. During recent tests on volunteers suffering from eczema and cracked skin issues we received positive results where 8 out of 10 people tested showed considerable improvement over a 14 day period.

Those improvements were particularly in the area of itchiness, redness and inflammation which calmed during the 14 day test period.

No Side-Effects

Because we only use natural ingredients there are no side-effects in our eczema treatment and we have the added benefit of two products for treating eczema which compliment each other perfectly.

The Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar for daily cleansing is great as a stand-alone eczema treatment because it is loaded with Zander and it deeply cleanses sensitive skin with no additives which could cause an Eczema flare-up.

The second product is the Natural Emollient Eczema Cream which is a clinically proven eczema treatment.

If you would like to try either of our eczema treatments during Natural Eczema Week you can use the 20% discount code ECZEMA2012.

Does Eczema run in your family?

If eczema runs in your family both young an old can use our eczema treatment from babies to grandparents male and female. No need to purchase separate products you can use them with confidence to help treat the symphonists and discomfort of eczema and if you have any questions please contact us and we’ll try to answer your questions.

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Best soap for men: When is a bar of soap not a bar of soap?

Best Soap for MenWhen it’s a Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar!
BIC hit the headlines recently with their pink and purple ‘For her’ range of pens, ‘designed to fit comfortably in a woman’s hand’. Hundreds of women wrote spoof reviews on a major online store, such as how happy they are to be able to draw fairies and unicorns at last! Meanwhile, the men complained that the pens were too delicate for their bulky hands. The reviews went viral, news publications reported on the phenomenon, and sales seem to be up (when we checked, the pens were in the top-selling office products).

Tempting though it is to claim our Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar gives men special powers, the truth is compelling enough. It’s the best natural soap you can buy!

Best soap for men

Let’s be honest. Men may have even more need to deal with rough, dry skin than women, but they don’t have so many skincare products to choose from. So, which is the best?

We recommend our handmade soap that’s specially designed for dry skin. Note that it’s in the form of a manly, disc-shaped block with no fancy fragrance or artificial colours (so it won’t look too girly in your bathroom).

Here’s the science bit

Our dry skin soap is handmade from natural oils, waxes and Zander – a unique ingredient that detoxifies and heals the skin.

The bar is deeply moisturising, because – being cold processed – it retains all the glycerine that’s extracted from other soaps during manufacture, even so-called dry skin soaps.

Being 100% natural, there’s no risk of irritation. It’s free of chemicals, parabens and steroids, and it’s not tested on animals.

We think it’s the best natural soap you can buy. In fact, it’s so effective at cleansing and curing skin conditions that you might have to let the women and children in your life use it too.

Here’s what two guys said about our best natural soap

“I’ve been using the deep cleansing therapy bar for a few weeks now. Makes your skin feel really soft and refreshed, not dry at all.”
Darren Robertson

“I have found the Therapy Bar produces an ideal shaving lather. I have a bar in an old shaving bowl and using a shaving brush a wonderrful full lather is produced. This provides an ideal medium for shaving and leaves the skin feeling clean and refreshed. No more gels or aerosol foams for me”.
John Carter

They are are real reviews. But back to the subject of spoofs, you might enjoy the reviews of a certain hair removal product for men (warning – they contain rude words!). You’ll find them on the same online store as the BIC ‘For Her’ pens.

Find out more about the best soap for men

And please do leave your feedback about our best soap for men in the comments below.


Facial scrub: Gentle and natural exfoliant

Best facial scrubWhat is exfoliation?
Exfoliation is the practice of removing dead skin cells from the skin surface. Every facial you have at a spa or at home includes exfoliation. Even Ancient Egyptians used to exfoliate! Exfoliation helps to unclog pores, keep skin clean, reduce acne and expose hair follicles for an easier shave (note that razors exfoliate by scraping off skin cells while wet shaving).

So what’s the best way to exfoliate? We recommend a natural facial scrub.

How to exfoliate

Pumice (volcanic rock) has long been recommended for exfoliating feet, while crushed pumice, almond shells and similar hard components are often used in facial scrubs.

By contrast, we think the best facial scrub is gentle and natural. Here’s what we suggest you do:

Just wash your face with our deep cleansing therapy bar, leaving the rich lather to soak in overnight.

Use it daily, and you’ll achieve rejuvenated skin within just two weeks.

How easy is that?!

As well as penetrating into your skin to extract toxins and enrich it with vitamins and minerals, this gentle alternative to a facial scrub has a smoothing, moisturising and exfoliating effect.

With our natural facial scrub there’s no need for scrubbing, harsh chemical peels or expensive dermabrasion techniques that destroy the top skin layer leaving it red and raw underneath.

What’s in our natural facial scrub

Our facial scrub is a handmade cold-processed bar that contains Zander, olive oil, castor oil, coconut oil, turmeric, beeswax and rainwater. All very good and natural, but what’s Zander, we hear you ask! It’s a rare lake sediment (like a mud pack) that has the ability to ‘hook’ toxins out of your skin while hydrating it. All these wonderful natural ingredients mean there is no risk of irritation. Just to be sure, we’ve had it clinically tested and proven (without any testing on animals).

By the way, you might be wondering about the expression ‘cold-processed’. That simply means the bar is made without heat, so it retains all the moisturising glycerine that is missing from normal soaps (and is why they have a drying effect on your skin).

We think you’ll find it’s the best facial scrub you’ve ever tried! Note that your face has the most sensitive skin, but you can use our deep cleansing therapy bar to exfoliate your whole body, so your skin is healthier all over.

Find out more about our best facial scrub, the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar.

National Eczema Week 2012

National Eczema Week 20% Discount Code ECZEMA2012

In support of National Eczema Week 2012 Syrinx Za are offering a 20% Discount off all products for Eczema Sufferers 15th to 23rd September. Simply enter the following code at checkout ECZEMA2012

Family Safe Natural Eczema CreamNatural Emollient Eczema Cream

An end to constant irritation…Natural and Family Safe.
* Non-irritant, no steroids, parabens, petroleum or chemicals
* Non greasy – fast absorption and easy to apply
* Natural skin relief – reduces redness, itchiness and inflammation
* Blending Argan & essential oils with natural healing properties
* Includes Zander. Mineral rich, 6000 year old therapeutic mud

RRP 50ml £18.50 & 180 ml £32.40 LESS 20% Discount
Best Natural Cream for Eczema

Syrinx Za Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar: all natural dry skin soapDeep Cleansing Therapy Bar

Natural Cold Processed Soap for Dry or Sensitive Skin.
* Deeply moisturising & non-irritant to make skin feel fantastic!
* 100% natural, paraben, steroid and chemical free
* Antiseptic, purifying qualities relieve skin conditions
* Detoxifies skin, proven to remove toxins
* Includes Zander – 6000 year old mineral rich therapeutic mud

.. RRP – 90gr bar £13.00 LESS 20% Discount
Syrinx Za Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar: all natural dry skin soap


How to prevent eczema flare up

Prevent Eczema Flare upIf you suffer from eczema you can experience a flare up for all sorts of reasons, and sometimes seemingly for no reason at all.

The cause of eczema can be genetic (children with parents who have eczema are more likely to have it too), while flare ups can be triggered by pollution, allergies, diet, soap and bubble bath, washing powders and fabric conditioners, pets, and of course, stress.

Flare ups can last for days or weeks and may leave you with the appearance and soreness of dry, flakey, red, itchy, inflamed, blistering, scaly, infected and/or weepy skin. No-one wants that, here’s a few eczema prevention tips:

Eczema prevention tips

Whatever the cause of your eczema flare ups, there’s only one main treatment, and that is to moisturise your skin regularly so it doesn’t become dry.

Sadly, there’s no cure for eczema but you can control the symptoms with our natural emollient eczema cream, available in a choice of two sizes according to your budget. You could also try wearing loose cotton clothes, and always remember – no scratching!

Eczema prevention

Prevent eczema with our natural emollient eczema cream. It’s non-greasy and fast to absorb, so you won’t have to stand there for ages waiting for it to soak in.

It’s clinically proven to be non-irritant, because the ingredients are all natural. The main components are Argan oil* for vitamin E plus double quantities of Zander to remove toxins and impurities and add vitamins that promote skin regeneration.

Our emollient cream for eczema prevention can be used on any part of your body and is safe for all the family, partly because of what’s NOT in it:

  • No steroids
  • No chemicals
  • No parabens
  • No petroleum
  • No artificial colours
  • No alcohol

All these can cause irritation (that’s why we don’t include them in any of our products). What’s more, it’s not saponified and not tested on animals.

You’ll find our Natural Emollient Cream for Eczema leaves your skin rehydrated, soothed, soft, moisturised and healthy, and so helps to prevent eczema flare up. What more could any eczema-sufferer want?!

*As Argan is extracted from nuts, in extremely rare cases it can cause an adverse reaction. If this happens to you, please stop using the cream and contact us immediately.

Find out more about our Natural Emollient Cream for Eczema


Surfers feet: Don’t suffer surfers foot; prevent it!

Surfers FootCalling all surfers:
Have you ever had sore, peeling feet after surfing? Some surfers have reported a reaction that makes the soles of their feet go red, itchy and peeling, so walking becomes painful and surfing impossible. We can’t have that!

It’s possible that some surfers are allergic to their neoprene booties, or maybe have athlete’s foot or dermatitis. Do you want to go barefoot surfing in cold water, keep trying new booties or restrict your surfing to somewhere tropical? Probably not.

Whatever the cause of the problem, the best long-term remedy is to moisturise your feet daily with natural products that will heal and protect the skin and help prevent surfers foot.

How to prevent surfers foot

Here’s a tried-and-tested régime to help prevent surfers foot.

  • Once a day, wash your feet with our deep cleansing therapy bar (use pre-boiled water if you live in a hard water area). Simply rub the rich lather into your feet. Don’t rinse it off, just let it dry for at least 30 minutes or ideally overnight.
  • Every morning and night, and whenever you want to throughout the day, apply our hydrating therapy balm and/or ultra-sensitive therapy cream.

Note that it’s not just for surfers feet. You can also use this process to protect your skin and help avoid rashes all over your body.

How it works

The foundation of our products is known as Zander. It’s a 6,000-year-old sediment formed from reeds that once grew on the edges of certain North Eastern European lakes. The particular conditions and minimal oxygen levels there means all the vitamins and minerals are retained rather than leached away or rotted down.

Blended with other natural ingredients, the Zander can soak into the skin to repair and maintain it. Its healing properties restore the damaged skin on your feet and strengthen its protective barrier for the future.

Note that this treatment for surfers foot is 100% natural; there are no chemicals and all our products are clinically proven to be non-irritant.

Riding the Waves, Living the Dream

There’s only one place a surfers feet should be – on the board, riding the waves! So don’t let anything stop you.

Find out more about how to prevent surfers foot and cracked heels



How to Remove Toxins from the Skin

Syrinx Za Natural Skin CareToxins enter our body from many sources. Orally in the food we eat, form environmental airborne attack and also from substances we touch and wear such as jewellery and watches.

Whilst a high-fibre diet and drinking 2 litres of water per day will help your body to rid its self of toxins in your system, you may need a little help to withdraw these toxins from the skin to help avoid dermatological issues such eczema flare-ups.

Zander: Skin Toxin Removal Properties

Zander is a unique substance which forms over many thousands of years in an oxygen-free environment which means that it contains many substances which formed the parent plants from which it is extracted. These substances have great benefit to human (and animal) skin.

Humic substances, simply put, have the unique ability to “grab” impurities from the skin in a process called “chelation” – this process deeply cleans the skin which is particularly helpful in people whom are prone to Atopic Skin diseases such as eczema or other dermatological issues.

Importantly, Zander is the key ingredient in our products which has an unparalleled ability to retain moisture and hydrate the skin. Lipids, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, humic and fulvic acids also boost resistance to skin disease whilst working to make the skin soft, smooth and healthier than ever before.

Our Skin Toxin Removal regime begins with the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar and can be followed up with our creams, balms and skin moisturiser’s dependant on your personal skin care needs.

Further reading and research


How to get soft smooth legs through autumn and winter

How to get soft legsCan you believe it’s September already?
The kids are back at school and there’s definitely an autumnal chill in the air. Despite the fact that we might now be changing out of our summer dresses and shorts and into long skirts and trousers, we still want to have soft smooth legs through autumn and winter.

Have you noticed how your shins can tend to get dry and cracked ‘alligator’ skin?
Very unattractive! One solution is to hide your legs in opaque black tights, while it might help to eat lots of oily fish (so we’ve heard). But, unless you want to look like an alligator, you really want to know how to have soft legs all year round.

How to get soft legs

Rather than using a chemical-based lotion for legs, we recommend a combination of our 100% natural moisturising therapy bar and therapy balm.

  • The bar looks like a soap and acts like a soap, but has therapeutic qualities (unlike soap). Simply wash yourself gently with the bar. You don’t have to rinse it off if you don’t want to; just let the lather soak in to your dry skin.
  • The balm has more of a waxy texture that melts on contact with your skin to form a luscious chemical-free lotion for legs. To entrap extra moisture in your skin, apply the balm to your legs after every bath or shower. It absorbs quickly with no greasy residue.

You’ll soon see the results (customers tell us it works in less than two weeks). Instead of itchy dry legs, you’ll be itching for summer to come round again so you can show them off!

What’s in the mix?

All our products are 100% natural and enriched with Zander. This 6000-year-old sediment contains immunity-boosting vitamins and the ability to ‘hook’ metals and other toxins out of your skin.

Other ingredients include shea butter, Kalahari melon seed oil and a tea-tree oil preservative with antiseptic qualities. Together, they help to leave your skin replenished, nourished and looking fabulous.

Note that none of our products include artificial colours or additives, paraffin, parabens, steroids or chemicals, and they are not tested on animals. Not even alligators.

Find out more about how to get soft smooth legs through autumn and winter

Moisturising Therapy Balm | Deep cleansing Therapy Bar

The best result for me is on my legs!
I’ve been using my Therapy Bar Soap for a couple of weeks now and It’s superb for washing my face, leaving no dryness at all and I’ve been using expensive cream cleansers for years!

The best result for me though is on my legs. I’ve always had dry itchy skin on my legs but never a rash or anything. Since using this bar, the dryness has gone and the skin is so soft. I am now using it to shave my legs and underarms and the difference is amazing. I will definitely be purchasing this bar again and am tempted by the sensitive cream for my face too. I have been recommending this to friends and as I work very close to Manchester Street, you may well see me passing for a closer look.

Can’t thank you enough. I certainly wont be worried about the drying effects of wearing tights in the winter.
Jan Morant-Ball


Best autumn and winter treatment for psoriasis

Psoriasis TreatmentGuess what, winter is coming round again (in the northern hemisphere, anyway). The new school term has started, the days are getting shorter and the autumn equinox is looming.

For people with psoriasis, the onset of winter can be an extra cause for dread. Why? Because winter means colder temperatures, dryer air and less sunlight, and all these conditions can lead to a flare-up of your condition.

So you’re probably asking yourself, what’s the best autumn and winter psoriasis treatment? Don’t worry, we have the answer.

Best treatment for psoriasis in winter

All the experts will tell you that applying extra moisturiser is even more important for psoriasis-sufferers when the seasons change.

So here’s our tried-and-tested two-stage psoriasis treatment for winter (and year-round):

  1. Take a gentle shower or bath every morning, using our therapy bar in place of soap, with water that’s not too hot. No scrubbing. When you wash again at night, you should leave the rich lather on the skin to let it soak in.
  2. Moisturise with our therapy cream immediately after you towel-dry and at intervals throughout the day. You’ll be glad to find it absorbs quickly, with no greasy residue.

As you know, there isn’t a cure for psoriasis. But the unique blend of ingredients in our products give 24-hour hydration that improves the dryness, itchiness and appearance of psoriasis and other skin conditions.

Because our psoriasis treatment comprises 100% natural ingredients, there’s absolutely no risk of an adverse reaction. By the way, that’s not an empty claim; they’ve been clinically proven to reduce skin irritation and inflammation.

One essential component you won’t find anywhere else is Zander – a therapeutic mud that’s rich in minerals and vitamins and works to boost the skin’s immunity and promote healthy new cell growth. Another is Argan oil, which has been used for centuries to help heal troubled skin.

More tips for dealing with psoriasis in winter

Try meditation or yoga to help reduce the stress levels that cause psoriasis symptoms to flare up, any time of year. And, if you can, take a holiday somewhere sunny (wouldn’t it be nice if those were available on the NHS!).

Find out more about the best autumn and winter treatment for psoriasis