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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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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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How to remove makeup without makeup remover

Makeup Removal without Makeup Remover“We make her paint her face and dance” sings John Lennon, in the first women’s rights song before Helen Reddy’s 1971 anthem ‘I am woman’.

Since Ancient Egyptian times, it’s been fashionable for women to wear makeup – they’re not perceived as properly groomed without it. Increasingly, men wear makeup too. But for those of us with dry or sensitive skin, it’s a problem. Not only is makeup packed with chemicals that might cause a reaction, so is the makeup remover we need to take it all off again at night.

So what’s the best makeup remover?

Best makeup removers

Most makeup removers and cleansers are full of chemicals. The best makeup removers are 100% natural, contain no chemicals, steroids or parabens, and are not tested on animals.

Our Deep Cleansing Therapy bar is one of these – it’s a simple, gentle way to remove makeup without makeup remover.

It looks like a soap, you use it like a soap, but it doesn’t dry your skin like a soap. There’s no need to scrub; just wash it into a gentle lather and pat dry. It acts as an effective makeup remover that cleanses, soothes and hydrates the skin. What’s more, it’s made using a cold process, so it retains all the glycerine that helps moisturise your skin.

What’s in our makeup remover

Our Deep Cleansing Therapy bar contains Zander, olive oil, castor oil, coconut oil, turmeric, beeswax and rainwater. From that list, you can see all the ingredients are 100% natural. You’ve probably heard of all them except Zander, and might be wondering what it is.

So here’s a fascinating fact you can tell your friends next time you’re discussing the best makeup removers!

Zander is our name for a special mineral-rich mud that’s been formed over thousands of years from reed-beds in certain Eastern European lakes. It’s been scientifically proven to detoxify the skin. Together with the moisturising oils, it’s the best cleanser and makeup remover, especially for dry and sensitive skin.

“I love your deep cleansing therapy bar. My skin looks and feels great. Plus it lasts for ages.”
Christine Hinton

Now you know how to remove your makeup without makeup remover, there’ll be another old song you can sing and dance to – “I feel pretty!” from West Side Story.

Find out more about how to remove makeup without makeup remover


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Ladies, Want to know the secret to super soft hands?

Best Hand Cream for Soft HandsWhat’s by the sink? Rubber gloves, washing-up liquid, washing-up cloth and hand cream. What’s by the basin? Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and hand cream. At least, that’s the situation in my house, and at my parents’ house, and at my sister’s house. Sometimes, we even compare notes about the best hand cream to use. I bet it’s the same at your house too!

We have to wash our hands all the time, but soap and water can leave the skin dry, hard or even cracked. What you need is a hand cream to keep the moisture in and the skin feeling soft and healthy. But what’s the best hand cream for soft hands?

Best natural hand cream

The best hand cream is gentle, soothing and made from 100% natural ingredients. Our Original Formula Hand Cream protects and moisturises your hands to leave them feeling silky smooth, thanks to the natural ingredients of Zander and Argan oil. Zander is a rare lake sediment that draws impurities from the skin; it also contains vitamins to nourish and renew skin cells. Argan oil is extracted from nuts in Morocco, as a rich source of Vitamin E to fight bacteria and reduce the effects of aging.

5 reasons why our natural hand cream is the best

Here are five reasons to choose our pure and natural hand cream:

  1. Absorbs quickly without feeling greasy
  2. Tested on people, not on animals
  3. No parabens, steroids, petroleum/paraffin or chemicals
  4. No artificial colours, perfumes or additives
  5. No danger of allergic reaction

Here’s what one of our customers said:
“Having experimented with many creams for my hands, I found the Syrinx Za Original Formula Hand Cream to be the perfect combination of fast-absorbing and non-greasy.

By the way, here’s another secret.

Our Original Formula Hand Cream is not just for ladies, and not just for hands! It works just as well for children and men, and can be used on the face and body too.

We think it’s the best hand cream for soft hands. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

Find out more about the secret to super soft hands

How to Cure Eczema? There is no cure for Eczema but read on

Whilst science has not yet discovered How to Cure Eczema, relief is at hand in the form of what we believe to be the best cream for eczema. In conjunction with the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar Eczema Sufferers can use the Syrinx Za Natural Emollient Cream for Eczema to reduce inflammation, redness and itching and be confident that the product is both effective and FREE of steroids.

 


Steroid FREE Relief for Eczema Sufferers

Introduced in the 1950’s Topical Steroids or corticosteroids also known as “cortisone” seemed to revolutionise skin care because they were easy to apply, fast acting, anti-inflammatory preparations useful reducing inflammation in conditions such as Eczema and so were used in creams for eczema sufferers.

Science has discovered that steroids are not particularly conducive to good health and as such the use of steroids in medicine is strictly controlled by health authorities. People prefer to avoid using non-natural products in their skin care regimes and they prefer to avoid the use of Steroids in any form if possible.

Corticosteroid creams, as the name would suggest include steroids and in our view the long term use of steroids is not a good thing and we offer people a completely natural alternative to corticosteroid creams in the form of our natural organic cream for eczema.

Science will find the answer one day

In the future science will discover How to Cure Eczema but until then we strive to provide what we believe to be the best cream for eczema. Please take a little time to read our many testimonials from happy customers whom have benefitted from our Steroid and chemical free natural skin care products.

Read more about our soap and creams for eczema

Customer Testimonial
I’ve tried many soaps and lotions in the past so i was plesently surprised to find the soap i recieved really did work. My skin stopped peeling and my eczma is now back under control, I cannot speak of this soap more favourably. So give it a try you will be surprised.

John Ballard


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