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Archives for October 2013

Should You Wash Your Face?

Best facial scrubWell, you might be wondering why I am asking this crazy question: Should you wash your face?  This is because we have read in the news lately about people choosing not to wash their face, but to use some sort of oil to cleanse their skin and remove their makeup.

Apart from this being a very messy and time consuming practice, it appears to some that using oil to remove make up works, unless you have oily skin, then it could be a disaster.

Is this a skin-care fad – Should you wash your face?

This isn’t a new concept at all, using oils to cleanse your skin has been around for a while, the reason it hasn’t become popular is that for most people it just creates a mass of oily mess that can cause blemishes and spots.

Oils Dissolve Oils

They say that because the skin produces its own oil, that adding oil to the skin will dissolve oil the oil on your skin, they believe this to be a good thing but the skin will just produce more oil to counter act this action.

Oils are Good for the  Skin

We are certainly not saying that oils are not good for the skin, some  are great, oils such as

  • Argan Oil – Has excellent anti-ageing properties and contains Omega-6 and Vitamin F.
  • Olive Oil – Maintains Elasticity of the skin
  • Almond Oil – Makes skin smooth and silky
  • Coconut Oil – An Antioxidant which absorbs quickly into the skin
  • Castor Oil – Is useful in removing bacteria or dirt that clogs the pores and detoxes the skin
  • Tea Tree Oil – Has Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that stimulate the skins immune system.

Syrinx Za products contain the above oils

This is why all of these oils are in Syrinx Za’s products, but they are not used alone, mixed with other ingredients they provide the essential skincare that is needed.

Chemical Based Soaps

The reason for the fad to use oils to cleanse or remove make-up from the face is because people are starting to realise that normal chemical based soaps are harmful to the skin.

Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar

This is why we produced the Deep Cleanser Therapy bar, because you are getting the advantage of oils in the soap plus other natural ingredients that work together with the oils to deeply cleanse the skin, detoxify it and moisturise at the same time, producing younger looking, silky smooth skin.

So should you wash your face? The answer is yes you should but you need to use a natural soap such as the Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar


What Causes Dry Skin

Image depicting dry skin on the faceWe can all suffer from dry skin from time to time, its just one of those things we have to put up with, or is it? If we know what causes dry skin maybe we can try to avoid it. Our skin is our largest organ – about 2 square meters covers your body so you can imagine all the work it has to do. The skin has an important job of protecting what is inside your body, which is why sometimes it has a tough time on the outside. [social_share/]

What Causes Dry Skin?

Our skin is made up of many different layers and it’s the epidermis which is the thin outer layer that gives us our pigments and creates new skin cells.  When this thin layer of skin is under attack by elements and other things that does not make it feel good, that’s when we can get dry skin or other skin problems.

The Weather

The weather can have a huge impact on our skin, when its cold people suffer from dry cracked skin because of the changes in humidity and the harsh wind or temperature.  When it’s hot our skin sweats and sometimes that can cause skin to break out in rashes.

Hot Baths

Although we all like a long hot soak in the tub as it relaxes us, our skin does not like it, it drys out your skin robbing it of its natural oils that protect it.


Of course we know that our age can affect our skin, such as we discussed previously times that hormones are changing can make our skin dry and itchy.  Aging sadly will also be a factor of dry skin, theirs is no getting around the fact that we will all (hopefully) eventually have wrinkles.

Soaps and cleansers

Most soaps or cleansers can be very harmful to the skin causing dry skin and or causing flare-ups to other skin conditions such as eczema. This is because not only do that include harsh chemicals and fragrances but also because they lack glycerine, glycerine is a moisture rich ingredient that is actually removed from soaps because it can ruin machinery. Syrinx ZA ‘s natural skin care products can assist you in all of these areas

And our best seller which is the Deep Cleaner Therapy Bar – is a natural substitute for chemical based soaps which deeply cleanses and mositurises the skin, instead of drying it out like other soaps.  The Therapy is amazing for dry skin and you should notice a difference straight away.

Tried and Tested Skin Tag Treatment

Skin Tag RemovalSkin tags are also known as the rather scary word acrochordons but are actually usually far from scary. Mostly they are harmless and do not even need to be removed but they can be, “naturally” using a tried and tested skin tag treatment.

Skin tags are non-cancerous tumours that form where the skin creases, creating this extra piece of dangling, unsightly skin.

What do skin tags look like?

Skin tags are small, soft flesh colours growths that look like a dangling piece of skin. The size can vary too from 2mm right up to 5cm; however the largest size isn’t very common.    How many you get can vary from 1 – 100s. Anyone of any age or weight can get skin tags but they are said to be more common in people over 50 or those that are overweight.

Where do skin tags appear?

As we said previously skin tags usually appear where skin rubs together such as the neck, the armpits in the groin but also on top of eyelids.

Are skin tags contagious?

Unlike warts or verrucae there is nothing to suggest that skin tags are contagious.

Removing Skin Tags

Skin tags can be removed in a surgical procedure where they are cut off, burned off or frozen off by a GP.   Do not attempt to cut off skin tags yourself as they can bleed a lot especially if the are large growths.

Philip Richard Syrinx Za Chairman explains his experiences with the product on his own skin tags.

Syrinx ZA have a natural tried and tested skin tag treatment that is harmless and not at all painful, it does take time and patience but eventually the skin tag just disappears.

Please read the skin tag removal page for the skin tag treatment regime.


Coping With Eczema

What is the best treatment for eczema?Eczema is where patches of skin become itchy, red, rough and inflamed and it can be hard to cope with everyday, it can get you down, and for some its all too much to cope with.

Many people that have been suffering for years do find various ways of coping with eczema and we thought it would be good to share a few tips for those that are less experienced, as once you learn a few tips to cope with eczema it can become easier to live with.

Tips for Coping With Eczema

These are our top tips for coping with eczema, of course there are many other things you might want to know about such as diets and triggers which you can find more about in our blog section.

Controlling the itch

Eczema usually appears in early childhood and the hardest things to overcome are to stop our children from scratching, to find the trigger or even to find something that can prevent the itch. This is the battle and this is where it all starts you see, the itch is just too much to bare. As with anything trying to prevent it from even starting up is the best way.

Keep Moisturised

We can’t say this enough, its very important to keep your skin moisturised at all times. Yes, it can be a pain to have to keep up a skincare routine for eczema, but less of a pain that having to suffer a flare up.   You know when a flare-up is starting as you start to get a few dry itchy patches and already you are having to resist the urge to scratch, which is really difficult at night. However. hopefully using the correct moisturiser or cream daily you can prevent a eczema flare-up from even starting.  Of course this helps if you also can avoid your triggers but keeping your skin moisturised is the first key to success.

Keep Hydrated Inside and Out

Its good also when getting in to the habit of a skincare routine, to also get into the habit of drinking lots of water.

Quick Warm Baths

Bathing is good but make sure your baths or showers are not too hot and that you don’t stay in them for too long, 10 minutes is a perfect time, just enough time to wash (with a natural soap) and then once you are out, pat yourself dry and apply you moisturiser. Baths are better than showers, as it soaps the skin better but a shower will suffice if that’s all there is.

Keeping Cool

This can apply in the summer and even the winter, as the temperature of our skin, sweat and hydration all can be factors.  Our heating can dry out the air, so keep a window open and put on an extra jumper if you are cold.

Clothes and Laundry

Keep away from wool – try to wear cotton clothing, and wash the clothes with a non bio powder or liquid.

Eczema Skincare Routine

See our Skincare routine for eczema – follow this and these steps above and you should be well on your way to coping with eczema.


Dry Hair and Dry Scalp Treatments

Dry Hair and Dry Scalp TreatmentsDry hair and dry scalp problems are extremely common and can be very hard to live with. One of the reasons can be our treatment of our hair.  Its forever being blow-dried, straightened, coloured, tied up or teased, all of this over stresses and over processes the hair.

When hair becomes dry it becomes dull and lifeless, it is more prone to breakages and frizziness, and split ends become more frequent.

Dry Hair and Dry Scalp Treatments

There is really no need to live with this itchy, frizzy mess when all that is required is some simple intense moisturising.  Syrinx Za have just the right treatment!

Syrinx Za Prewash Reconditioning Treatment

The prewash reconditioning treatment is a very special dry hair and dry scalp treatment as it contains around 8% of sapropel which deeply cleanses the hair and scalp and draws out toxins and impurities. Also included is a blend of moisturising oils such as argon, olive and soya which has the ability to totally enrich the hair.  Leaving this treatment on for 20 minutes allows the sapropel to absorb into the scalp to thoroughly hydrate the scalp to reduce dryness and flaking.

This prewash will immensely increase the moisture content of the hair in no time at all; you will notice that your hair is shinier and softer; it will have less split ends, and be less frizzy.

These dry hair and dry scalp treatments are suitable for any type of hair but are extra beneficial for people who suffer from eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, dry scalp and dandruff.

Other types of hair that will greatly benefit are …

Best Treatment for Fine Hair

For people with fine hair a prewash is even more important as heavy conditioners can leave their hair limp and lifeless this is usually due to the residue still left on the hair from normal heavy conditioners but with the Syrinx Za prewash and its content of sapropel this doesn’t happen, as after its been left to penetrate deep into the hair and allowed to work its magic the treatment is then washed off leaving no residue to weigh down this fine hair.

Chemically Processed Hair

The colouring process strips the hair fibres of moisture and makes the hair  feel course, rough and unmanageable; the prewash will get deep into the hair fibers making the hair smooth and shiny again, whilst also having very therapeutic effects.

Shampoo and Conditioner

The Syrinx Shampoo and Conditioner work very much the same as normal shampoo and conditioners but they are much much more moisturising, resulting in richer, shinier,  smoother hair in just a few washes.


Eczema and Hormones

Diet and EczemaWe wrote recently about how the skin is affected by our hormones during the menopause but it is also reported that Eczema and hormones are connected too.

When there is a raise or a drop in certain hormones  this can cause an imbalance which is a common cause for eczema flare-ups especially for women.  Many women for instance suffer from flare ups just before their menstrual period or when they are pregnant.

Eczema and Hormones

Are you wondering if hormones are causing your eczema to worsen or have outbreaks?  Many people do wonder if hormones affect their eczema or if certain times of the month eczema does worsen, or if it is their imagination.  We can tell you that its not your imagination at all.

While it is very difficult to determine the cause of eczema some people’s skin are clearly are affected by the hormone changes at certain times.

If you are postmenopausal, pregnant, or noticing a that your skin is worse the week prior to your period then it could be that your Oestrogen or progesterone are too high or too low respectively. These imbalances will aggravate your eczema causing a flare-up.

It’s not only eczema that can be affected by this imbalance of hormones but many other skin conditions can suffer.

What can I do to help my Eczema during this time?

As always we suggest a balanced diet, trying to avoid the biggest culprits such as shellfish, soy, nuts and eggs and to eat more whole grains, green vegetables, fruits and less red meat.

Avoid scratching the skin, we know you’ve heard it before but this really does make the skin much worse and can cause infection.

To help with the itch and the rash you might like to try our treatment regime for eczema, which has proven very successful during clinical trials, so much so that whatever the cause 8 out of 10 eczema sufferers reported improvements in their skin causing it to be less itchy, softer and moisturised.  The most important thing to remember is that you need to keep to a eczema treatment schedule and not just give up when the skin is feeling better, prevention is the key.

Eczema Treatment

Following this eczema treatment daily not just when your skin is bad, will start to build up a barrier and to teach your immune system to heal the skin naturally.

  1. Wash using the Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar, rubbing the thick lather into the affected areas. This will deep cleanse your skin, removing any toxins whilst also moisturising the skin.
  2. After Bathing apply the Natural Emollient for Eczema, softly and gently to relieve inflammation and soreness.

Try to do this twice a day and this should help the problem with eczema and hormones – some people benefit from rubbing the lather from the Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar into the skin and leaving it overnight, the allows the powerful ingredients to really get to work on your skin.




Mud Baths for Skincare

mud baths for skincareThe word “Sapropel” comes from two ancient Greek words sapros and pelos which describes muds or sediments found in lakes that are rich in organic matter.

Mud baths have been very popular for health and beauty treatments for thousands of years using many different types of mud from various sources such as lakes, saltwater sea, hot springs, and mud volcanoes. Spas offering mud baths for skincare have erupted in many towns and cities all over the world in more recent years.

Sapropel Mud Baths for Skincare

Sapropel Mud in particular which is found at the bottom of closed, fresh water marshes and lakes in a minority of places such as a  few lakes in Lavia and the Ukraine has been used by the locals for centuries for skincare. Even farmworkers and labourers often used it to heal sores or wounds gained by manual work.  This muddy humus (an organic matter that has reached a point of stability that will remain for unchanged for centuries) has many uses and is in great demand; it is even used in medicines.

Why is Sapropel so special?

Sapropel’s special power comes from the rich nutrients it contains; these nutrients boost the body’s own immune system allowing it to heal itself, which is why we include Sapropel in our range of products to treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, dry skin, cracked skin and many more.

Other Properties in Sapropel

  • Lipids, and Amino acids, great for dehydrated skin
  • Vitamins, to control healing
  • Minerals, to nourish and rejuvenate the skin
  • Fulvic and Humic stabstances to restore skin cells

Healthy Looking Skin

These properties working together with other ingredients will repair and maintain the skin, so whether you have a skin complaint or just want to maintain your skin to keep looking young, supple and healthy the natural way, Sapropel couldn’t be better.

But I don’t want a mud bath….

We’ve contained Sapropel in our natural products so that you don’t have to travel to far off distant lands, or maybe to a spa in your area that costs an absolute fortune to enjoy the wonderful benefits of Sapropel.  No, you can have sapropel available in your bathroom cabinet at all times, as a soap, and emollient or a cream, there is no need for you to have a mud baths for skincare to reap the full benefits of healthy glowing skin.

Other ingredients that are contained in Syrinx natural skincare products and also the hair and scalp products can be seen here – Syrinx Za Product Ingredients.


Plantar Wart

plantar wartA plantar wart usually appears on the soles of the feet and looks like how you’d expect a wart to look “cauliflower like” which is caused by an infection of the human papilloma virus and is sometimes called Verruca plantaris.

Plantar warts aren’t cancerous and they are very common, not too much to worry but they can be very painful especially when walking due to pressure applied at the sides of the lesion. And plantar warts may bleed when scratched.

Are Plantar Warts Contagious

All warts are contagious they are spread through touch or indirectly such as touching something that the wart has come into contact with. They affect you usually though cuts or cracks in the skin. A common place that children get them is in the swimming baths. It’s advisable to cover them if going to a communal area such as showers or swimming pools or two wear flip-flops to prevent others from catching them from you.

Plantar warts not only bleed when they are scratched but they can spread, especially if there are other cuts or cracks in the skin.

Plantar Wart Treatment

Some Plantar Warts do just disappear after a few months while others might take years to leave, but they can be treated. Treatment isn’t ever fast for these stubborn blemishes on the skin but with patience and a good skincare routine they can be banished.

As one Harley Street Doctor wrote …

 “I observed the effects of the Syrinx Za soap over 2 months on 2 patients with plantar warts (warts on the soles of the feet).
Both had had the warts for several years which had not resolved with other over-the counter or doctor-prescribed treatments. Both subjects had discomfort on walking due to the presence of the warts to a degree that was intrusive to daily functioning.
After 2 weeks treatment in both cases there was a marked reduction in pain (down to 50% and 20% of previous pain levels) and by 2 months both subjects had no pain as well as visible disappearance or almost disappearance of the warts”. “These preliminary observations warrant further investigation of Syrinx Za as an effective treatment of at least plantar warts”. 

As you can see it took around 2 month just using the Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar to have a noted effect on the plantar wart but it worked, it was painless and it was natural.

Wart removal

However, now Syrinx Za recommend that you use the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar in conduction with the Derma Protector to rub on the affected areas throughout the day and boost the skins immune system to give the best possible chance of a full and rapid recovery.

See here – Wart Removal – for full instructions.


Menopause and Skin

menopause and skinWe know how the menopause affects us in most ways such as hot flushes, weight gain, mood changes, anxiety and insomnia but what we don’t sometimes realise what happens with the menopause and skin.

Due to the decrease in estrogen or oestrogen (American and English spellings) there are many menopausal skin changes and for most people this can mean dehydrated, dry and sometimes itchy skin. Great, as if we don’t have enough problems at this time.

Menopause and Skin

So we know that lack of estrogen can cause dry skin but then there are other changes to other hormones that are also affecting us, including the slowing down of oil production, sending our skin into a spin, trying to rectify this, So, all this confusion due to the hormones can cause spots, thinning of the skin and dry skin as we’ve discussed but also wrinkles or aging of the skin.

Menopause and Age Spots

Estrogen controls our melanin production so as the estrogen starts to decrease we can find ourselves with brown age spots, most commonly found on the hands but also on the face, neck and arms.

How to Help Your Skin During Menopause

We all love steaming hot baths but it really does dry out your skin so that isn’t going to  help right now, what you need is a warm bath, and avoid harsh soaps and shampoos that contain chemicals and fragrances as they are harmful to your skin especially at this sensitive time.

Deep Cleanser

The Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar is a fantastic soap replacement but its not only that; its natural,  doesn’t contain any chemicals, parabens or fragrances, and is highly moisturising, so you get the best of both worlds. The Therapy Bar has been especially formulated for sensitive skin and is also used for treatment of eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and cracked skin so you can be sure that it will treat your skin with the gentle care that it needs.

Rubbing the rich lather from the Therapy Bar into age spots and leaving it on them overnight can great reduce the appearance of these brown marks.

Keep Moisturising

It’s also time to start remembering to moisturise your skin everyday – especially after bathing.  You need something hydrating and moisturising and this is why we recommend the Dry Skin Revitaliser and Moisturiser, as it is highly moisturising and it softens and re-hydrates dry skin.  This give the skin the boost it needs to reduce the symptoms of dry skin whist keeping the skin supple and healthy.

After bathing just pat yourself dry, do not rub – then apply the Skin Revitaliser, re apply once a day for 24hour protection against menopause and skin.


October is Eczema Awareness Month

eczema awareness monthWe’ve recently had eczema awareness week and now we have eczema awareness month which gives us much more time to raise awareness for this dreadful skin complaint that is not contagious and not curable.

All through the month of October the National Eczema Association is working hard to raise awareness about Eczema with various activities and publicity. You too can help, let us show that we care!

Spreading the Word

The aim for eczema awareness month is to spread the word as far and wide as possible so that one day it might be possible to find a cure.

What is Eczema Anyway?

Well, I’m glad you asked…  Eczema is an inflammation of the skin which is extremely itchy and uncomfortable. The word eczema actually is one of those ancient Greek words which means “to boil over” which exactly is how your skin feels when you suffer with eczema.

The skin has a red, itchy rash and gets worse if scratched. There are varying degrees of eczema from Acute to Infected – where some get pus filled blisters that weep and some that just get raised lumps or thickened very dry skin.

As we’ve said before eczema is NOT contagious, it can be that you were just unlucky that your parents had eczema and so it’s likely that you will. Some people seem to get for no reason at all and others are triggered by irritants, or many other reasons.

How You Can Help During Eczema Awareness Month

The National Eczema Awareness has a long list of suggestions on how you can help to raise awareness for eczema…

You can increase awareness by creating discussions at school or even holding school assemblies. Or by contacting your local TV and radio and sharing your stories.

Maybe hold some fundraisers, such as family fun days, car washing or bike rides.

What is the Best Eczema Treatment

There are many different types of eczema treatment out there and no skin is the same, everyone’s skin does react differently to different treatments.  Some don’t work at all, some seem to work for a few months.

However at Syrinx Za Natural Skincare we have had some extremely good results with our clinical testing where 80% of eczema sufferers reported improvements in their skin.  Well, we don’t want to blow our own trumpet but we are very pleased with our results and just glad that we can help people by treating their eczema and so making their lives a little better.

So, lets get out there this month and spread the word about Eczema and Eczema Awareness Month.  

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