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Rupert Bevan

Rupert Bevan has been involved in the natural world for most of his working life. Rupert studied Horticulture at Pershore College. He gained a degree in Environmental Biology from Bath Spa University and is the Technical and Product Development Director at Syrinx Za International Ltd. Circle Rupert Bevan on Google+

About Rupert Bevan

Rupert Bevan has been involved in the natural world for most of his working life. Rupert studied Horticulture at Pershore College. He gained a degree in Environmental Biology from Bath Spa University and is the Technical and Product Development Director at Syrinx Za International Ltd. Circle Rupert Bevan on Google+

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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.




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.


What are Hives?

admin-ajaxYou might be asking “What are hives?” because you have some unexplainable lumps and bumps or rashes that are, burning, itching or stinging. Does this maybe happen periodically and lasts maybe one or two days but can stay for up to six weeks?

You wouldn’t be alone; around 1 in 6 people suffer with hives at some point in their lives. Hives can happen due to reaction to allergens, stress, heat, insect bites, foods, or sometimes for reasons unknown.

What are Hives?

Hives, also known as urticarial or sometimes nettle rash is an itchy rash on the skin which is caused when the body releases a protein called histamine, this is to protect our body as it thinks it is under attack.  The skin leaks a fluid which causes itchiness and swelling.

How Often are Hive Outbreaks?

Some people might just get hives once, where as it seems most others can suffer from regular out breaks that can come and go for years.

How Severe Can Hive Be?

Again, it varies on severity – it can be just a few raised areas, (small or large spots) or it can cover the whole body.  Some people have chronic hives that can persist for years.  It could be that it will start with just a few lumps but if you do nothing to stop the itch and you scratch the rash can spread and the lumps join creating a nasty, red mass of itchy red skin.

Treating Hives

With Hives, if you suffer regularly, you will know the feeling of them starting.   The best thing at this point is to immediately wash the affected skin – I use the Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar (of course) and take an antihistamine tablet. This is usually enough to stop me scratching and causing a big red mess on my skin, and the skin will calm down in a few hours.

This is because the Deep Cleaning Therapy bar is a natural cold compressed soap with no harmful additives or chemicals, which has antiseptic and detoxifying abilities; it deeply cleanses the skin returning it to its natural state.

If it’s too late for this and the rash has already taken over then I suggest the following treatment regime.

Treatment regime for Hives

Before you go to bed – using the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar, create a really thick lather; smooth this lather all over the affected area, rubbing it very gently into the rash.  Let it dry – and leave it overnight.

If you have any rashes on the face, eyelids or eyebrows (as I do sometimes) try hard not to rub after  you have gone to bed as the soap may sting if you get it in your eyes, it’s not harmful though and it will be fine in a few minutes, it’s just annoying.

In the morning, have a warm shower or bath or just rinse of the soap with lukewarm water and your skin should mostly be clear, depending on severity if not then the repeat the above until it is.

So there you have the answer to What are Hives, I hope that this helps you as much as it helps me.


What Causes Oily Skin?

Best facial scrubWe all wonder what causes oily skin, especially when we have combination skin; it doesn’t seem possible or right that this should happen.

The reason is certain over-active sebaceous glands which produce too much oil or sebum on the skin causing a shiny face, spots and acne. There is good-news; people with oily skin don’t get so many wrinkles.

Keeping your skin healthy was the hardest task when treating oily skin, but not now.

What Causes Oily Skin?

So what causes these sebaceous glands to be over productive?  The fact is most of the time it’s just hereditary, if your parents had oily skin or acne then it’s likely that you will too.

Hormones are also big factor in oily skin, that’s why teenagers are prone to suffer with acne, and women get spots at certain times of the month or when pregnant or menopausal.

Environmental factors can affect the skin as we know, and with oily skin its heat or humidity that stimulates these glands.

While you might think that using a facial scrub or fiercely scrubbing your skin will take away the oil, this isn’t true. Scrubbing your skin will strip the skin of oil which in turn will force the body to over compensate to replace that oil.

Diet for Oily Skin

Whilst what you eat can help oily skin it doesn’t cause it.  However eating a healthy diet full of antioxidants that are in many fruits and vegetables, plus drinking enough water can help to clear your complexion.

How to Treat Oily Skin

First you need to replace your normal harsh soaps and cleansers with a natural, gentle soap, such as the Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar.

The Deep Cleanser therapy bar is very effective on oily skin because it draws out the impurities from the skin like a facial scrub without using chemicals or brushes to harshly scrub your face.

Just use the bar to cleanse and wash your skin as you would normally and then let the lather soak in and dry overnight, rinse off in the morning.

It won’t be long before you don’t care what causes oily skin because your skin will be healthy and the oil levels balanced.



How to Treat Eczema

how to treat eczemaIf you are here then you probably suffer from eczema or know someone that does and want to know how to treat eczema.

Well, you have come to the right place!

I know, you’ve heard it all before, how a certain wonderful eczema treatment is just the right thing to treat your eczema, and it gets tedious trying new treatments. However just keep reading for a while you might be surprised.

Eczema treatments

The trouble with eczema is that although this debilitating skin condition has the same symptoms, such as red, itchy inflamed skin, some treatments actually affect people differently, that is because your skin is unique. We realise this at Syrinx Za.

Clinical Trials for Eczema Treatments

We are lucky at Syrinx ZA that our eczema treatment has been through such stringent clinical trials (never tested on animals) that we know over 80% of eczema sufferers have experienced improvements to their skin. We found in the trials that all of Syrinx Za products work by replacing lost moisture to the skin and then forming a barrier leaving skin feeling smooth and relieved.  The eczema treatments relieve symptoms of dry, itchy, sensitive skin, which is a big part of the battle to treat eczema.

One of the ingredients Sapropel, which we named Zander does part of its job by protecting the skin from heavy metals and boosting the immune system to enable the skin to start repairing itself again.

Research and Development

Syrinx ZA are committed to continual research and using feedback from 2000 customer we have discovered that, eczema sufferers get noticeably smoother skin within 14 days with 9 out of 10 volunteers experiencing an improvement.

No, it’s not a miracle cure, and anyone that tells you that they have a cure for eczema is wrong, there is no cure, but this is how to treat eczema and keep it away or at least comfortable.

 How to treat eczema

We suggest the following Eczema treatment regime

Washing with the deep therapy bar morning and night rub the lather into the affected areas morning and night.  To sooth and deep cleanse the skin, removing all those nasty toxins. Some people find it best to leave the lather on overnight and rinse in the morning.

After bathing, apply the Natural Emollient Eczema Cream morning and night if you have rinsed off the lather to reduce inflammation, redness and itchiness.

For most people, this eczema treatment will be enough to comfort and soothe your skin, so much so that you will never need anything else.  However others might benefit from adding other Syrinx Za products to your skincare routine and find your own method on how to treat eczema.