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Ashley Metcalfe

Syrinx ZA Chief Executive Ashley Metcalfe is responsible for marketing and business development. Ashley is as passionate about cricket as he is skin care. Drop Ashley a line if you have any skin related questions. Why not Circle Ashley Metcalfe on Google+

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Syrinx ZA Chief Executive Ashley Metcalfe is responsible for marketing and business development. Ashley is as passionate about cricket as he is skin care. Drop Ashley a line if you have any skin related questions.

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Tried and Tested Treatment for Allergic Skin

Skin AllergiesMany people suffer with skin allergies and never know the cause. It can be that you are allergic to a type of food, pet, plants, harsh soaps or even something in the environment and because it is difficult to find the reason for these outbreaks it’s also difficult to find treatment for allergic skin.

Allergic skin may be labeled as; hives, allergic eczema, atopic dermatitis or contact dermatitis, you will usually find that your skin may be itchy, red and inflamed.

How Allergies Work

It can be that when you skin touch a certain object, animal or substance you have a reaction, this is because the body or the immune system is confused and believes this certain object to be a threat to you. So your body over reacts by sending out chemicals or hormones to combat the threat, but as you are not actually in danger, this defense just ends up affecting your skin and creates this allergic reaction.

How to find out why you have a skin allergy

You can visit the doctor and he will send you to a specialist where they will do allergy tests to try to determine why you are repeatedly getting rashes or having symptoms of allergic skin. Or if you have some idea, you can just remove the items from your diet or try not to touch or come into contact with whatever you think is causing the problem.

Keep a note book and list things that you came into contact with before each attack.

Or better still you can fight back before it happens by using our tried and tested treatment for allergic skin.

Natural tried and tested treatment for skin allergies

Syrinx Za Products are not only tested on humans by our researchers, they are independently clinically tested. However although our products always go through extensive trials, we never ever have or will test on animals.

We also use feedback from our customers to show just how well the products work.

For many years I have suffered with an allergic skin reaction on my face and forehead when coming into contact with Dogs. Since using the therapy balm soap from Syrinx ZA I no longer suffer from the condition. Thanks Syrinx team – I can now enjoy pets without fear of irritation.

How to treat allergic skin.

Replace your usual soap with the Syrinx Za Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar.

The Therapy bar will give your skin a deep clean removing all traces of toxins, whilst also acting as an antiseptic, moisturising and purifying the skin.

When showering or bathing make a thick lather and rub into the skin, leaving for a few minutes before washing off, this will allow the Zander or sapropel (a nutrient rich mud from Latvia that actually boosts the skins own immune system) to work.

Then apply the Skin Revitaliser and Moisturiser, morning and night to give 24 hour protection.

With skin allergens all around us we find this is the best Treatment for Allergic Skin and that’s not just us blowing our own trumpet, customers have told us it works and tests have proved it too.

Try it and let us know how you got on.

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Summer Acne

acne and stressIt is irony at its best – Summer Acne. As soon as you desperately want to bare your skin, pimples and acne appear as if out of nowhere at all.

Yes, generally speaking the sun usually does actually help heal acne but for some sufferers the condition worsens, this could be because you suffer from sun sensitivity. This means that your acne may be an abnormal reaction to sunlight thanks to the sensitivity levels of your skin.

Possible reasons for Summer Acne

Suffering with acne in the summer can be managed but is not too common, so it is worth considering some of the possible reasons for your condition.

Sun Allergies
You may well be misinterpreting your acne for an allergic reaction to the sun. Sun allergies can mean that sufferers have symptoms such as tiny red bumps on the skin that are very easy to mistake for acne. Consult your local GP to find out if this is a possibility for your skin.

Harsh Treatment
If you are on acne medication, there’s a chance this could be what is causing your acne to worsen under the sunlight. Tretinoin, found in many acne medications, is able to increase a sensitivity to the sun, as well as tazartoene, adapalene and azelic acid. Antibiotics to treat acne are also thought to increase sun sensitivity.

Consult your GP to discuss any potential links between your medication and sun sensitivity, but you may want to try alternative products. Opt for an all-natural treatment such as the Syrinx Za Therapy Bar to effectively treat your acne without any risk of adverse side effects or skin sensitivity.

Your Skincare Regime

Preventing clogged pores is a great way to keep acne at bay, so ensure you are regularly exfoliating and keeping oily skin under control by using the right products.

The Syrinx Za Therapy Bar is a great choice for acne treatment as it can exfoliate the skin while detoxifying the skin of any impurities that may be causing your Summer Acne, as well as being extremely effective in reducing symptoms of oily skin. It contains only natural ingredients as well so you can feel safe in the knowledge your skin is under no risk of adverse side effects.

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What to use for Dry Hair

What to use for dry hairDry hair is a very common problem that affects many of us. It can make otherwise wonderful hair have a dry, straw like texture to it that lacks shine and lustre. Dry dull, lifeless, rough hair that can be very (VERY) frizzy leads to the risk of hair breakage, split ends and eventual hair loss.

Dry hair which can be caused by adequate sebaceous oils on the scalp can also lead to Dandruff, so deciding What to use for Dry Hair is very important!

Why do I have Dry Hair

Don’t beat yourself up too much – dry hair is, more often than not, mostly down to your genes. Many of us inherit dry hair from our parents although this is not recognisable from birth. You may find your hair becomes drier as you get older which is perfectly natural.

Dying, bleaching, tinting or perming our hair are big factors when considering why it is you may have dry hair as they are very effective in draining the hair of all moisture. However, your hair does not necessarily need to be chemically treated to suffer with dry hair – many of us that have never touched a hair dye box still have to deal with the condition.

Same goes for straighteners, curlers and blow dryers – massive moisture absorbers, leaving the hair rather frazzled. The sun and salt wind are also big culprits of dry hair.

How to treat Dry Hair

Okay so of course you can just stop using hair dryers and chemical treatments on your hair in order to reduce your dry hair, but really this is a tad unrealistic and definitely unnecessary.

A good shampoo and hydrating conditioner are essential when treating dry hair. Choose a conditioner that can reinstall moisture back into your hair and provide it with the nourishment it needs and over time you will see amazing results – promise!

Working from the inside out can be very beneficial so drinking plenty of water and sticking to a healthy diet and exercise regime is highly advisable when keeping dry hair at bay. Replace hot curlers with rollers, blow drying with natural drying when possible and even watch how tough you’re being on your hair when brushing it. You’ll be shocked at what a difference it can make.

Our recommendations

Deciding What to Use for Dry Hair can be quite tricky thanks to all the false promises of many products and harmful side effects that come with many of them. Luckily for you though, the answer is finally here.

The Syrinx Za Scalp Combo is an excellent three piece natural hair and scalp treatment formulated to treat the symptoms of dry hair and even dry scalp problems.

The Conditioner is particularly effective in treating dry hair when used in conjunction with the Prewash and Shampoo. It has an instantaneous effect on the condition of the hair which means results can be seen (and felt) straight away. It provides the hair with intense moisture and hydration, giving it strength and lustre. Its key hydrating, natural ingredient Sapropel soothes and replenishes the hair and gives it the vitamins and minerals it needs to be restored to its optimum health.

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Warts on the Face

Deep Cleansing Therapy BarFacial warts. Let’s be honest, no-one wants them. But unfortunately, many of us do and so it is crucial to find out exactly how to treat them.

Warts on the Face are normally flat and pink but can range in size and colour. They form in clusters, are highly contagious, and spread very quickly. They are usually benign and pose no threat to a sufferer’s health, neither do they usually cause them much pain, but they are often a massive cause for embarrassment and can cause serious self-confidence issues.

What causes facial warts?

Warts on the Face are caused by the HPV virus (human papillomavirus) entering the skin through a cut, which can then cause a rapid growth of cells to form on the skin, also known as a wart.

The HPV can be contracted from someone already carrying it as it is contagious. So, yes, warts are indirectly contagious, so avoiding sharing things such as towels, clothes and makeup with a sufferer is highly advisable. The forehead and face are the most prime spots for flat warts as they are moist and warm, which the HPV thrives on.

If you already have a wart on your hands (the most common area to have a wart) then you can cause yourself facial warts by touching or scratching your face. It really is as easy as that so you must be very careful and prompt when treating your warts.

How to get rid of them at home

Of course you could always visit a doctor to discuss having your warts surgically removed, but this is by no means affordable and can be quite a risky option. Luckily, there are safe and effective products available that you can use at home to remove Warts on the Face.

The Syrinx ZA Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar is able to effectively reduce both the appearance and any associated pain of warts.

It’s a cold processed, all natural soap that cleans the skin by drawing out heavy metals and impurities, freeing the immune system to use its natural defences against warts and other infections. Due to its natural properties, the bar is very safe to use and is unlikely to provoke adverse reactions in sensitive skin as normal soaps might.

See our Wart and Verruca Removal page to learn more about how we can help your condition.

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Dry Skin in the Summer

Dry Skin in the SummerNow, there is no denying that longer, warmer days are a very welcome change to the, let’s face it, horrendous cold weather we have had to suffer with this winter (and spring!), but with summer comes the unfortunate risk factor for skin.

We’re afraid to admit the sun isn’t all fun and tans. It very often comes at quite a cost for our skin. Sunburn is the most well-known skin condition that appears thanks to the summer sun, but how much do you know about getting Dry Skin in the Summer?

Why does the Summer cause Dry Skin?

Exposing your skin to the sun’s harsh UV rays can cause an array of issues for your skin.

The skin is our body’s largest organ and so it is crucial we treat it with the care it needs during high temperature seasons.

High temperatures are a major part of summer that can be held responsible for the onset of Dry Skin in the Summer. Heat can dehydrate the skin and cause dry skin conditions such as eczema in the form of red pus-filled spots or even blistering, irritated, inflamed patches of skin. Ouch!

If summer brings on elements of high humidity then this can also bring on dry skin problems. Sweat may be a natural cool-down for the body but the salty properties of sweat can dehydrate the skin and cause it to become irritated and very, very itchy.

Exposing the skin to direct sunlight is a cause of dry skin in any climate.  The heat of the sun dries out the skin by reducing the natural oils in the skin, leaving it very dehydrated and in need of moisture.

How to treat Summer Dry Skin

Okay, so we know it is going to be pretty impossible to completely avoid this summer’s much-needed sunshine, so we’re not even going to suggest that as a way to treat Dry Skin in the Summer

You could try washing your skin twice daily with the Syrinx Therapy Bar and lukewarm water to remove perspiration and cool down the skin. Avoid using hot water, as this will increase dryness and skin irritation.

Syrinx Za Hydrating Balm and Ultra-Sensitive Cream are both designed to hydrate dry, cracked skin, leaving it rehydrated and moisturised. Everyone’s skin is different so why not try both to find which works best for you? Alternate between using the balm and the cream twice a day and see results in just two weeks.

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Dandruff vs. Dry Scalp

scalp-treatment-comboIt’s a common misconception to think that dandruff and a dry scalp are essentially the same problem but they are, in fact, two different conditions caused by different factors.

The whole Dandruff vs. Dry Scalp debate is unsurprisingly common due to the fact they share very similar symptoms. If you do not know exactly what the cause of the flakes of skin coming off from your scalp, or falling on to your clothes,  it can make it pretty hard to treat and sort out.

When it is Dandruff

So, when is it dandruff? Well, dandruff is generally characterised by quite large, greasy, waxy flakes of skin that may fall off your scalp when you scratch it or when you brush your hair. They can be quite yellow or grey-ish and cause your scalp to become very itchy.

Unlike a dry scalp, dandruff is usually due to a bacterial infection of the scalp and actually can be quite contagious. So, if you have dandruff do not share a brush, hat, towel or any hair accessories with someone else as there is a chance you could be causing them the very same problem.

Contrary to popular thought, dandruff is not actually caused by an overly dry scalp but actually by the secretion of too much oil (sebum). It can be down to an overgrowth of harmless yeast which feeds from the excess oil within the scalp causing the skin to shred and fall off in flakes.

Dandruff can become quite severe in its symptoms in some cases and can be accompanied by intense itching, oozing or even bleeding, so it is important you visit the doctors to confirm the exact cause of your dandruff.

When it is a Dry Scalp

A dry scalp is usually what most people really have when they think it is dandruff.

It is characterised by small, white flakes of skin that can also fall off when you scratch your scalp or brush your hair, much in the same way as dandruff. So, take note of the appearance of the flakes falling from your head as they could reveal a lot more than you first thought.

A dry scalp can be caused by a number of factors including using poor quality shampoo and conditioner (which strip your scalp of its natural oils, causing dryness), over-washing your hair, washing your hair with hot water, a change/increase in environmental temperature or simply your genes. It may also be accompanied by itching and irritation but is less likely to become as severe as dandruff can be.

How to treat either

So, now you understand a bit more about the Dandruff vs. Dry Scalp confusion, but how do you treat them?
Well, luckily, they can both be treated by using a high quality, moisturising scalp shampoo. And here at Syrinx, we have formulated exactly that.

Syrinx Za’s Hair and Scalp Combo are formulated to treat and reduce the symptoms of dandruff or a dry scalp, whatever the reason for either 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 problem, and provide a moisture-rich array of vitamins and mineral that work to restore the scalp back to its optimum health. It has been clinically proven to calm itching and dramatically eradicate flaking.
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Chronic Dermatitis

Chronic DermatitisDermatitis may be an unattractive condition to suffer with but it isn’t serious when you look at it purely from a health perspective.

Usually symptoms of Chronic Dermatitis hang around on sufferers for their entire lives, which can be quite damaging to the quality of their day to day lives, so having a good awareness of Dermatitis and treatment options is crucially important.

What is Chronic Dermatitis?

Dermatitis is a type of eczema that can affect just about anybody to a certain extent. It causes the skin to appear red, dry, flaky, scaly or even blistered and cracked. A dermatitis sufferer may have to deal with their skin becoming itchy, irritated, inflamed and sometimes painful.

It can affect just about any part of the body (even on the scalp), but is most commonly found on the hands. It is thought to affect as many as 1 in 10 Americans, so is by no means a rare condition.

What causes the condition?

Factors that are thought to cause dermatitis can be generally anything that can aggravate the skin. So, coming into contact with irritants such as harsh soaps, detergents, certain fabrics and any chemical-based product could be responsible for symptoms of dermatitis. This means that allergy sufferers may be at a higher risk of developing the condition due to their more vulnerable hypersensitive skin.

Changes in temperature, stress, excessive hand perspiration and hot water can also cause the condition. There is thought to be a hereditary component  as it has been found to generally run in families, which makes treating the condition slightly more difficult.

How to treat it

If dermatitis continues to be untreated over a long period of time then it can begin to spread all over the body or, if on the hands, cause the nails to become deformed, so treating the condition as promptly as possible is highly recommended.

Avoiding the common irritants of Chronic Dermatitis is highly recommended and may well prevent further symptoms developing. Treating existing symptoms means choosing a safe, effective emollient or cream to rehydrate the skin and restore it back to its natural health.

The Syrinx Za Emollient and the Syrinx Za Skin Revitaliser are chemical-free remedies containing natural ingredients that are able to work together to draw impurities from the skin and effectively relieve dermatitis on the skin.

Alternatively, if the dermatitis is on the scalp then the Syrinx Za Scalp Combination is also recommended to gently soothe the affected area, reducing symptoms and reinstating the scalp to optimum health. Our products use the ancient healing powers of Sapropel and Argan to soothe and rehydrate the skin and scalp, whilst removing any toxins or impurities that may be present.

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How to Prevent Dry Skin

how to prevent dry skinDry’ ‘itchy’ and ‘flaky’ are certainly not words you want to be using to describe your skin but sometimes, unfortunately, it is unavoidable. Or is it?

How to prevent dry skin is a question often asked because dry skin is often a very uncomfortable and unsightly condition to contend with. It can occur anywhere on your body and can affect an individual of any age. It usually comes with symptoms such as flaking, itchiness, tightness, a rough texture, redness and, in more severe cases, bleeding. However, the good news is that dry skin CAN be treated.

Causes of my Dry Skin

There are a variety of factors that could cause dry skin but some are more common than others.
Excessive washing can very easily dry out the skin, particularly if the water is of a high temperature. Alternatively, low humidity can also cause dry skin.

General harsh treatment of your skin can also provoke damaged, dry skin issues, such as gardening, chemical content or even repeatedly exposing wet hands to open air. Coming into contact with something you are allergic to could also mean an allergic reaction occurs in the form of dry skin.

And finally, it could all just be down to your genes. Sometimes we simply inherit the misfortune of dry skin from our family members.

Treatments for Dry Skin

Of course, avoiding the main triggers could help ease the possibility on the onset of dry skin, but it is important to know what to do if you are already struggling with existing dry skin.

Choose an all-natural balm, moisturiser or emollient to reinstate the moisture into your skin without any risk of adverse side effects that come with steroid-based products (that can worsen the original problem in the long run).

Our recommendation

So now you know How to Prevent Dry Skin, you just need to know which product to choose.

Well, that’s easy!

Syrinx Za have a range of natural balms and lotions that are designed to ease the symptoms of dry skin. All Syrinx Za’s products contain carefully chosen 100% natural ingredients that can help heal and replenish dry skin to miracle standards.

Syrinx Za Hydrating Balm and Ultra-Sensitive Cream are both designed to hydrate dry, cracked skin on the hands, leaving it smooth and moisturised. Everyone’s skin is different so why not try both to find which works best for you? Alternate between using the balm and the cream twice a day and see results in just two weeks.
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What is Dandruff?

what is dandruffSo, what is dandruff?

Okay, so we all know that dandruff is flaky bits of skin that fall off your head and can be pretty unsightly, uncomfortable and embarrassing. But really, how much more do you know about it? Maybe you’d like to find out and more importantly find out how to treat it.

What are the signs of Dandruff?

Of course, white flakes of skin within the scalp and hair is probably the top sign that you are indeed suffering with dandruff. These flakes of skin may fall onto the shoulder, making the condition more obvious to others when dark clothing is worn.

The scalp might feel particularly itchy, tight or irritated. There have been reports from dandruff sufferers that their head feels tingly thanks to condition so this could also be considered an indicator.

Most cases of dandruff do not require any professional medical assistant as a good, effective shampoo will usually solve the problem.
However, if you find your scalp has become red or swollen and non-responsive to self-treatment then this could indicate sever seborrheic dermatitis and a trip to the GP is highly advised.

Why do I have it?

Dandruff is by no means a dangerous or uncommon condition to deal with but it can be an irritating one.

Dandruff is caused when the natural cycle of skin renewal becomes overly rapid. This then leads to detached dead skin forming on the scalp that can then get caught in the hair and fall off. Causes of this sped up cycle could be due to seborrheic dermatitis or out of control malessezia.

Emotional stress, chemical filled products, excessive washing, lack of washing, skin conditions such as eczema or a generally weak immune system are also considered factors that could cause dandruff in an individual.

How can I treat it?

Dandruff is a fairly common condition that, yes, CAN be controlled with the correct treatment.

Now you have the answer to ‘What is Dandruff’ it’s time to find out how to treat it.

The best way to treat dandruff at home is to opt for an all-natural, moisture-rich shampoo such as the Syrinx Za Shampoo. The shampoo contains natural, hydrating ingredients that can help to ease the symptoms of dandruff and soothe the associated irritation using antiseptic properties, allowing you to live a dandruff-free, easier life.
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How to Stop Oily Skin

Image depicting dry skin on the faceSufferers of oily skin may find themselves having an unsightly reflective shine and potentially quite painful acne breakouts. It is certainly not the most attractive nor comfortable condition to suffer with and so working out how to stop oily skin is very important to sufferers.

Oily skin can lead to extended problems such as acne, particularly in teens. It’s a condition that can seriously damage a sufferer’s self-esteem and confidence.

Why do I have Oily Skin?

Before understanding how to prevent oily skin symptoms, it is important you understand the root cause of your oily skin.

Your skin type is actually determined by your genes, so to a certain extent you cannot control whether you suffer from oily skin or not. However, what you can control is how much oil you need to suffer with, and you can alter your lifestyle and skincare routines to prevent the skin problems associated with oily skin.

Hormone changes can also contribute towards the onset of oily skin, meaning you should expect symptoms to occur during puberty, pregnancy or through the use of birth control. These factors cause a hormonal change which can cause an increase of fluids throughout the body and, indeed, skin.

A poor diet that is fat, salt or grease rich can also be held responsible for symptoms of oily skin as they are very good at clogging your skin’s pores. High blood sugar from high sugar foods can also cause a release of androgens into the bloodstream which can cause the skin to become oily.

How can I Stop Oily Skin?

So, now you know what could be causing your oily skin, its time to do something about it.

Of course you cannot control your genes or hormones, but the one factor you can control is your diet. Opt for low-fat, vitamin-rich foods as well as a regular consumption of water which can reduce the likelihood of an onset of oily skin and give your skin an overall healthy glow.

Managing your oily skin is another thing. Rather than working out how to treat the root cause, often it is wiser to just treat the symptoms of your oily skin. Oily skin treatment should focus on removing the excess oil within the skin and reduce its shine. An all-natural treatment is highly recommended to avoid adverse side effects that chemical-based products can bring.

Oily skin can actually be worsened by skin-drying. Chemical-based, non-natural soaps can also very easily dry out the skin with their harsh properties, again causing the glands to become irritated and produce more oil.

Our recommendations

So, now we know How to Stop Oily Skin its time to work out the best products to do so.

The Syrinx Za Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar is a highly recommended treatment for oily skin.

It may work wonders on dry skin but it is also extremely effective at treating oily skin and a perfect alternative to harsh normal soaps.

The bar combines natural ingredients in a cold process to cleanse, draw out impurities and protect skin of all types.

Just add water to work the bar into a gentle lather and let it soak in (without rinsing). It only takes a couple of weeks to see results. Try it for yourself!
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