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Summer Itch

summer itchPeople that suffer from sensitive skin conditions such as eczema often dread summer, they know when they get hot they get even more itchy, they get the “summer itch”.

There can be many reasons you get itchy skin in the summer: various skin conditions, rashes, heat bumps, athletes’ foot and especially eczema can all worsen during this season. These itches are mostly due to the heat and humidity causing us to sweat.

Why do I sweat?

Sweating is perfectly normal, and fine – it’s our body’s way of cooling down. We do actually need to sweat, with over 4 million sweat glands all over our body working hard to regulate our temperature.

In fact you could be dehydrated if you do not sweat much and you might need to drink more water.

Why does sweating make me itch?

The sweat evaporates on our skin leaving behind salts which can irritate eczema skin and make it feel tight and itchy. Another reason can be that dirt and impurities have now got into the sweat glands that had opened up to release the sweat.

Summer itch

Sweat and eczema do not go well together and some find it very hard to cope with the intense itching. The most intense areas appear to be the skin creases, the insides of the elbows, the backs of the knees and the feet.

The best thing to do in the summer is to try to keep cool; I know that’s easier said than done.

Tips for keeping cool in the summer

  • Try to avoid being outside in direct sunlight especially in the midday sun, keep the shade if possible
  • Use a fan
  • Wear light cotton clothing to keep the risk of getting over-heated to a minimum
  • Use a water mist spray or a bottle of water to rinse your skin
  • Bath whenever you can in lukewarm water
  • Wash your skin with our Deep Cleansing Bar to rid any impurities from the skin, with its antiseptic and purifying qualities
  • Moisturise with the Derma Protector to hydrate and protect your skin, providing it with a barrier – remembering to re-apply each time you bathe or get wet.

Try to keep cool with these tips and enjoy yourself this summer.

Also if you are taking a trip to the beach some of the above methods can also help to soothe and protect your skin from the sea and sand which can also be a painful for eczema sufferers with the summer itch.


Cleansing Babies’ Skin

Cleansing Babies’ SkinThere are very few things that are more delicate than a baby’s skin. When Cleansing Babies’ Skin, parents must be extremely cautious and take extra special care so their skin can be as healthy and happy as possible.

Due to the sensitive nature of their skin, babies can be vulnerable to skin conditions such as eczema so it is crucial that parents know how to correctly care for their baby’s skin to help build a barrier.

Factors to consider

There are certain factors to consider and certain things you should or shouldn’t avoid when Cleansing Babies’ Skin

Excessive Washing
Because babies only need to be washed when they are actually in need of a bath, washing your baby even daily could be considered excessive washing. Too much exposure to water can remove the skin’s natural oils and leave it dry and eczema-prone.

Harsh, chemical filled soaps can significantly harm a baby’s skin and leave it heavily damaged and dry. Start using a natural, cold-processed soap such as Syrinx Za Therapy Bar, which is especially designed to treat skin conditions in babies such as eczema. It is completely non-irritant and very safe to use even on skin as delicate as a newborn’s. Its antiseptic and purifying qualities can relieve any irritations your baby’s skin may already be suffereing with as a result of eczema or any other skin condition.

The bar is very mild and effective, and should be used as an alternative to normal soaps, although should not be used around the eyes.

Temperature of the water
Hot water is a huge no-no when it comes to washing a baby’s skin as it can cause serious irritation and dry it out. Opt for lukewarm, pre-boiled water instead.

Using a safe, natural moisturiser on your baby’s skin is useful when combating the harm that washing could cause.

Syrinx Za’s Skin Revitaliser and Emollient is ideal for use on immature skin. Use on your baby’s skin after bathing to reinstate any lost moisture and soothe any dry, eczema-affected areas. Regular application of the creams are recommended for day and night protection from eczema and nappy rash.


Cleansing Babies’ Skin is particularly difficult as infants cannot vocalise their feelings, making it very hard for parents to know if what they are doing is or isn’t helping.

If you are ever unsure about how to treat your baby’s skin or worry that your washing regime is not helping then never hesitate to seek help and guidance from your local GP.

Falls Awareness

falls awarenessFalls awareness week this year starts today on June the 17th and runs through until the 21st of June 2013. Age UK stress the importance for this awareness week because over 350,000 older people are taken to hospital due to a fall. Falls often have devastating after effects so its good to know a few simple steps to prevent them.

What is Falls Awareness Week

Fall awareness week offers the opportunity for people such as carers and older people to get involved through local events, classes and services to find out about falls and how to prevent them.

Each year there is a different theme aimed at creating awareness to prevent falls that occur with older people. This year the theme called Best Foot Forward and is focused on healthy feet.

Cracked feet aren’t healthy feet

It isn’t just older people that suffer with cracked feet and heels but it is very common occurrence with the elderly. Our skin becomes less elastic as we get older thereby causing hard dry skin on the feet to crack and sometimes bleed or even to get infected.

Our feet are often not as cared for as they should be, as they are usually hidden away in socks or tights and shoes, but this is why it is even more important that we take care of our feet. The unpleasant but at the moment harmless hard skin on your heels can soon turn into painful fissures (hard cracked skin) if not looked after and often just a little care is all that your feet need.

How to prevent falls

Of course it’s very important to have healthy feet as if your feet are causing any pain or discomfort this can make your balance unsteady.

  • Moisturise your feet everyday
  • Get plenty of Vitamin D and Calcium to keep your bones strong
  • Make sure there is nothing left lying on the floor you can trip over
  • Hearing checks are important as hearing affects your balance
  • Keep active – most important to keep your legs strong
  • Pamper them occasionally with a footbath or pedicure
  • Go barefoot for an hour at the end of the day to give them an airing
  • Avoid tight fitting shoes at all times

If you do have Cracked Feet and or Heels already then take these steps to heal them before you are the one falling over – Cracked Feet and Heels Natural treatment

See how you can find out more about Falls Awareness by downloading an Age Uk – Action Pack




Tried and Tested Dry Skin Care

Image depicting dry skin on the faceOur skin is amazing, look at all the trials we put it through, sometimes it finds it hard to cope and dry-skin patches appear.

Most of us have had dry skin problems in the past where your skin is flaky or scaly and feels uncomfortably tight and rough. For some people this dry skin disappears as quickly as it appeared but other people have a more lasting problem, when just nothing seems return the moisture to their skin.

If your skin is crying out to be rehydrated its time to look at a Tried and Tested Dry Skin Care.

What causes Dry Skin?

There are many reasons why you might have dry skin; the cause can just be the harsh natural elements of the sun, wind and the cold. Other reasons are ageing; hot baths or showers, harsh soaps and shower gels or even your own heating can take the moisture from the air and so from your skin.

Even what you eat and drink can affect your skin, as we know a non-healthy diet can cause no end of problems.

So what can we do about Dry Skin Care?

To get moisturised, smooth, revitalised skin to replace the nasty, itchy, dry, flaky skin we first need to follow a few guide lines.

Simple guide lines we can all follow easily…

10 top tips for caring for your Dry Skin

  • Throw out those harsh soaps; they are robbing your skin of moisture.
  • Have warm baths or showers. (Not hot)
  • After bathing, do not rub hard on your skin with a towel but pat dry and apply  moisturiser
  • Turn the thermostat down – or use a humidifier
  • When out in the cold protect your face and hands with a scarf and gloves
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Get more sleep
  • Reduce Stress by taking time to relax or doing Yoga
  • Eat Fruit and Vegetables (especially with vitamin A)
  • Follow a natural dry skin treatment regime
Tried and Tested Dry Skin Care

I’ve had problems with dry, sensitive skin on my face for years and the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar has already dramatically improved my skin. I started out with the free therapy bar, and it made such a difference I purchased more. It leaves my skin feeling soft, clean and moisturised, and I will never go back to chemical laced products, natural is the way to go for me now.

We suggest that you follow this Natural Dry Skin Care Regime…..

Wash, Bathe or Shower using the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar which is not only deeply moisturising but contains a mix of healing properties that will restore your skin to its former glory.

Morning and night apply the Skin Revitaliser which magically rehydrates and moisturises dry skin.

These products do not contain any harsh chemicals, parabens, steroids or petroleum and are not tested on animals. They are Tried and Tested on humans to provide Dry Skin Care solutions.


Diet and Eczema

EczemaIt’s no secret that eczema sufferers generally have a genetic predisposition to the condition. It’s pretty unavoidable and very irritating. However, there are other factors that can contribute towards the severity of the condition, and what you eat is one of them.

No research has definitively proved a connection between Diet and Eczema but many sufferers swear that there is a connection.

Do I have a Food Allergy?

While eczema is not an allergy in itself, if you suffer with a food allergy then eczema can actually be a symptom of this food allergy. As many as one in three eczema sufferers respond to food triggers, suggesting how significantly important a good, healthy, clean diet could be when it comes to your all-round health.

It can be that it might be a Food Allergy which usually appears quite quickly after eating the danger food or a Food Intolerance which is affects your body gradually.

Food, food, food…

Many eczema sufferers have found that a simple change their diet could have massive impacts on the symptoms of their eczema. It may work for some and not others, but it’s worth a try right?

The following foods have been found to be the biggest culprits when it comes to aggravating eczema:

  • Milk
  • Nuts
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
  • Preservatives

Certain foods (such as the above) prevent our bodies from producing proper enzymes required to break down proteins and sugars, making the skin more fragile and vulnerable to eczema.

Put it to the test…

To find out whether your body suffers from the connection between Diet and Eczema, you might want to put it to the test.

Try out an elimination diet. Remove the suspected food allergen/intolerance from your diet and observe whether this makes a difference to your eczema or not. You might want to keep a food journal to keep track of what foods you have elimated. Yes, it’s a lot of hard work and pateince, but in the long run it could be extremely worthwhile.

You could also go to your local GP and request and allergy test, although you may want to note that they cannot detect food intolerances, only allergies.


Of course it is important to tackle the root cause of your eczema but it is also necessary to treat any existing eczema symptoms you are suffering with.

The Syrinx Za Natural Emollient Cream is a natural chemical-free emollient containing Sapropel and Argan Oil, ingredients that are able to work together to draw impurities from the skin and relieve the symptoms of eczema. It uses the ancient healing powers of Sapropel and Argan to soothe and rehydrate the skin, whilst removing any toxins. It is a gentle emollient for the face, ears, neck and other sensitive areas, and ideal for sensitive skin of any age.


Acne and Dairy

acne and dairyDairy is a relatively difficult food group to avoid. Think milk, cheese, ice cream… they’re just about everywhere.

The link between Acne and Dairy is thought to be so strong that removing dairy from your diet could actually be just about the best thing you can do for your condition even though all our lives we were told how great milk is for us, not the case when it comes to acne.

Why is Dairy bad for Acne?

Milk and other dairy products contain a hormone called IGF-1 which, when consumed by humans, can really inflame the skin and cause acne to significantly worsen. Dairy products also cause an insulin spike in humans that can cause the liver to produce IGF-1 and add to the problem.

Acne and Dairy are also a bad mix thanks to dairy’s ability to make the body produce an increased amount of sebum (natural oil). An increase of sebum in the body can lead to clogged pores and bacteria problems leading to skin issues such as, you guessed it, acne!

Dairy also has a tendency to glue together dead skin cells within the pores, blocking them from exiting naturally and causing an almighty clog, giving another reason for acne to make an unwelcome appearance.

Give up milk and other dairy products

It may not be the easiest solution but it certainly is the most simple and effective. Cut out the food group altogether. Acne and Dairy is a risky relationship and unfortunately not worth the taste of pizza and cream cheese.

Gradually cut out milk and dairy over a few weeks and see if it makes a difference to your skin. Going cold turkey on dairy isn’t necessarily the easiest task but your skin will be thanking you in no time!

How to continue treating Acne to keep your skin clear

The common misconception about natural oils is that they are actually a cause of acne but this is entirely false – as bizarre as it may sound, using the correct oils can gently tackle and reduce acne very effectively. Syrinx Za’s Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar contains a mixture of oils including olive, castor and coconut, as well as turmeric and beeswax. This combination produces a rich, aromatic lather that locks in moisture and has healing antiseptic qualities.

Follow our Four Step Acne Treatment that just includes using the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar, and notice the difference.  After following this advice you will hopefully not have to use the words Acne and Dairy in the same sentence again!



Reasons for a Sore Scalp

reasons for a sore scalpThere are a variety of possible Reasons for a Sore Scalp, ranging in seriousness. A sore scalp can really affect a person’s quality of life. Day to day life becomes quite uncomfortable and difficult. Simple things such as sleeping, washing, brushing your hair and even can be very challenging for a sufferer of scalp soreness.

So what are the reasons for your sore scalp? Could there be an underlying cause? And how do you go about treating it?

Why do I have a sore scalp?

Yes, there is a chance your sore scalp could be indicating a more serious condition, but chances are it may just be down to quite a basic issue.

Simple problems such as dry skin, excessive scratching/brushing and overly-tight hairstyles are the main Reasons for a Sore Scalp. Well, we say simple – dry skin issues can be anything but simple, but it certainly isn’t much to worry about.

More intense conditions can lead to a sore scalp, in which case a GP may need to be consulted…

A fungal infection such as ringworm could be the root reason for scalp soreness. Ringworm could also come with other symptoms such as redness, itching or even pus-filled sores. A doctor would need to diagnose such a condition.

Acne could also be behind scalp soreness. Not many people would assume that your scalp can suffer from acne as well as the face but it is actually quite a common place for the condition to appear. A sufferer of oily skin or dandruff could be vulnerable to acne, and special shampoos may be required to treat this type of scalp soreness.
Psoriasis is a condition that could also cause a very sore scalp. It can appear in patches of inflamed, itchy, red, scaly and sore skin. The scalp is a fairly common area for psoriasis to appear so specialised shampoos and conditioners are available to treat it.

Treatment options

As many of the Reasons for a Sore Scalp can be treated by yourself at home, it’s time for you to find good scalp products in order to do so.

Syrinx Za’s Hair and Scalp Combo are formulated to treat and reduce the symptoms of an sore scalp, whatever the reason for it may be.

The 3 piece products are based around our key ingredient, Sapropel. Sapropel has the unique ability to detoxify the scalp, drawing out impurities that may be causing the soreness, and provide a moisture-rich array of vitamins and minerals that work to restore the scalp back to its optimum health.