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Dry Skin

Dry skin," or Xeroderma is a condition involving the integumentary system, which in most cases can be treated safelywith emollients and moisturisers. Dry skin occurs most commonly on the scalp, lower legs, arms, the knuckles, the sides of the abdomen and thighs. Symptoms most associated with dry skin are scaling of the outer skin layer, itching and skin cracking.

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.


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.

Dry Skin in Ears

dryskin on earIf you have eczema you may often suffer from flaky or dry skin in the ear canals, although many people that suffer from sensitive skin may find that they also fall victim to the wrath of dry skin in ears or even on top or at the back of the ear.

This type of dry skin surprisingly quite common but why? And are there any risks involved with this type of dry, flaky and sometimes painful skin?

How can we treat it simply and effectively?

Dry Skin in Ears

Suffering from dry skin within the ears is by no means a particularly bad, or rare, condition to contend with.

If dry skin is quite persistent within your ears it is highly likely to actually be seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammation of the skin that is fairly common and relatively harmless.

It has the appearance of itchy, flaky, almost scaly dry skin, so is quite easily ignored or disregarded by the sufferer who will just think of it as annoying dry skin. Which it kind of is really, but it is important to be aware of the potential risks that come with it…

Are there any Dangers of this?

Generally speaking, dry skin within the ears is just an annoying yet harmless condition.

However, sometimes it can lead to a bacterial infection. This is indicated when the skin turns wet and itchy, sometimes with pain and a foul odour. This may then spread to the face and cause red sores. Not particularly pleasant!

People that suffer from dry skin in their ears are also likely to suffer from dry skin on other parts of the body including the scalp, face, chest, neck, back and even the groin areas.

So, while this type of dry skin is usually nothing to worry about, it is certainly worth treating just to be on the safe side.

How can I Treat it?

Syrinx Za have a range of natural balms and lotions for dry skin problems.

Syrinx Za Hydrating Balm and Ultra-Sensitive Cream are both designed to rehydrate dry skin on any part of the body including the ears, leaving it smooth, healed and moisturised.

Everyone’s skin is different so why not try both to find which works best for you to combat dry skin in ears? Alternate between using the balm and the cream twice a day and see results in just two weeks.

Dry Cracked Hands

Best Hand Cream for Soft HandsDry skin on the hands is a very common yet very uncomfortable condition.

The skin on our hands is much tougher and thicker than most of the skin on our body, they have to be; they are worked very hard, always out in the cold, in water, using chemicals or working with machinery.

If left untreated, your hands could crack, bleed or even develop into a much worse skin condition such as eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis, or even bacterial infections.  It doesn’t have to be this way, soft, comfortable, beautiful skin on your hands can almost always be achieved, whatever job you do or trials you put your hands through, with just a little care and the correct natural products.

What causes Dry Cracked Hands?

There are a variety of factors that could be causing dry, cracked skin on the hands but the following are thought to be the most common…
Excessive Washing
Washing hands multiple times a day can very easily dry out the skin. Allowing sensitive skin to come into unprotected contact with hot water can also cause it to dry out, as well as using strong, chemical-based soaps.
Low Humidity
If you are surrounded by low humidity, this may well account for your problem. The combinations of low temperatures and low humidity in the winter or high temperatures and low humidity in the summer can wreak havoc on your hands and cause them to lose a significant amount of moisture.
Harsh Treatment
Submerging your hands in hot water, gardening, coming into contact with chemicals or even repeatedly exposing wet hands to open air could all cause damage to your skin and could very easily be the reasons behind your Dry Cracked Hands.
If your hands come into contact with something you are actually allergic to (such as animal dander, pollen, etc) then dry skin on the hands could actually be a symptom of an allergic reaction. So, if you find your conditions worsens after coming into contact with substances such as detegents, cleaning products, metals, plants, costmetics, make up, creams, soaps or certain fabrics then this could indicate a skin allergy.
And finally, the one you just can’t control. Genes. Sometimes we simply inherit the misfortune of suffering with dry skin on the hands. However, this absolutely does not mean you can’t treat it!

How can I treat Dry Cracked Hands?

Once you know what could be causing your Dry Cracked Hands you can start to work out the best way to treat them.
Avoiding the common causes of dry hands is highly recommended. So, when washing up always wear gloves and keep the temperature to a minimum. Avoid overusing air conditioning units or exposing wet hands to cold air, and try to minimise treating your hands harshly. That means finding an all-natural, cold processed soap.
It may be worth visiting your local GP to determine if you do suffer from an allergy, especially if they are infected.

The Best Solution for Dry Hands

The best thing you can do for your hands, however, is to first change to a natural soap and then find an natural yet effective moisturiser that you can begin to regularly apply to your hands on a daily basis. You’d be amazed what a difference this can make!

Syrinx Za have a range of natural balms and lotions for Dry Cracked Hands. 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.


Good Foods for Dry Skin

fruitandvegYes that’s right – what you eat can (and will) affect your skin. That’s why it is very important you know which foods to go for and which to avoid!

Foods that have a high water content are great for your skin as that is what dry skin needs; moisture, both inside and out.

The following  foods will give you the correct mix of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.

Good Foods for Dry Skin

Raw fruit and vegetables

Raw salad, fruit & veg will remove toxins from your skin and give it a moisturising kiss of life. Maintain a regular consumption of the green stuff in your diet and stick to your 5 a day – your skin will be thanking you in no time!

Zinc Rich Foods

Zinc-rich foods can help to heal skin and repair damaged skin – including dry skin! Beans, turkey, crab, lean beef and oysters are all full of zinc and are highly recommended for dry skin problems.

Vitamin Rich Foods

Vitamins A, C and E can help hydrate dry by keeping it moist, protected and detoxified. Lime, oranges, grapefruit, nuts, seeds and lean meat are highly vitamin rich foods.

Antioxidant Rich Foods

Antioxidants clear the skin and improve its over all health. They fight off impurities and protect the skin from free radicals. Foods that are antioxidant rich include vegetables, fruits, apricots, sweet potatoes and spinach.


And last but by absolutely no means least – drink, drink, drink water! Your daily water consumption should be no less than 4 litres per day. Drinking enough water is vital in detoxifying your system and keeping your skin hydrated and supple. If you were to consume just one thing to help your skin it should be water- it’s the undoubtedly the most important part of any anti-dry skin diet!

Bad Foods for Dry Skin

The key to choosing the right Foods for Dry Skin is moisturising from the inside out. If you are dehydrated then your skin will follow suit so avoid anything that may cause you to become dehydrated.


As you probably know, alcohol is the king of dehydration! It acts as a diuretic which means it encourages your body to create more urine and flush out its existing fluids. So, as you can imagine, this can cause serious dehydration issues, from the inside out.

To counteract the alcohol, ensure you drink lots (and lots) of water to replace your body’s lost fluids.


Caffiene is believed to also act as a diuretic, although not as extremely as alcohol. Still, make sure you drink lots of water besides your caffeinated drink – remember this is not necessarily coffee as caffeine also lurks in tea, fizzy drinks and energy drinks. So keep your caffeine consumption to a minimum and keep your skin supple!

Both alcohol and caffeine cause the skin cells and the body to lose essential minerals and fluid so drinking plenty of water, eating a variety of healthy foods and watching your caffeine and alcohol intake will put you on the path to healthy, hydrated skin. Pretty simple really!

Treatments for Dry Skin

Syrinx Za’s range is specifically designed to help alleviate dry, dehydrated skin conditions and all products contain only pure, natural and carefully chosen ingredients.

If you follow our guide for which foods are good foods for dry skin along with our treatments you will soon start to achieve healthy, glowing, hydrated skin.  If you need more help and advice please read: Help with Dry Skin

Dry Skin around Eyes

dryskin around the eyesThroughout an average day, we can really put our skin through the wringer. However, you may have found that your eyes falls victim to dry skin symptoms more so than any other part of your body. You may not realise, but actually the eye area needs almost more concentration than anywhere else on the body when it comes to combatting dry skin.

Dry skin around the eyes can be painful and sore, with an uncomfortable tight feeling. The eyes can flake or peel and in some cases become very itchy

Why do I get Dry Skin around the Eyes

Dry skin is the result of a low level of sebum accessing the skin. The reason that the eyes are vulnerable to dryness is because the skin surrounding the eyes have fewer oil glands than in any other part of the body.

Another factor that causes Dry Skin around Eyes is that this particular skin is very thin and far more sensitive than other areas on the body. If you are not careful when touching your eye region for whatever reason then it can very easily become damaged and dried out.

If dry skin surrounding the eyes is left untreated it can lead to thinning of the skin, wrinkles developing and flaking. Excessive washing, makeup, chemical-based skincare products or an allergic reaction can be other triggers of dry skin around the eyes.

How can I treat Dry Skin around Eyes

Always make sure you treat your eyes very carefully and gently. Try not to allow too much water coming into contact with this area to avoid the effects of excessive washing. Also, if you feel a certain cosmetic product, such as a concealer or eyeshadow, is drying out the skin around your eyes then stop using it instantly.

And finally, and most importantly, never use non-natural, chemical-based products around your eyes. The skin around the eyes is very delicate and any harsh products can cause more problems than it solves.

Our recommendations

The Syrinx Za Ultra Sensitive Cream is a great option for treating Dry Skin around the Eyes. This all natural, supple cream contains Sapropel – a rich vitamin source that boosts the skin’s immunity and produces healthy new cells. It also uses a mix of botanical oils to rehydrate and heal dried out skin. Clinical trials show that these natural ingredients will soothe the driest skin, providing a safe and effective treatment for hypersensitive conditions like eczema and all types of dry and dehydrated skin.


Dry Skin and Hand Washing

Image of child with eczema washing handsWashing our hands is an important part of our day-to-day lives, its essential to prevent spreading germs.

We wash our hands before dinner, after using the toilet (hopefully), after blowing our nose or sneezing, when we’re washing the dishes or generally handling mucky stuff! Research suggests that the average Brit washes their hands 4 times a day. That’s 28 times a week, 112 a month and 1456 a year, that is a lot of washing.

Excessive Washing

Skin is the largest organ of our body. It protects us from harmful environmental factors and keeps us healthy. You would think that regularly washing your hands keeps it bacteria and germ free but, while this is true, there is such a thing as too much washing. Dry skin and Hand Washing do come hand in hand (excuse the pun). If you are washing your hands too much, the skin can dry out and become rough and cracked. This is because the water is removing the skin’s natural oils, leaving the skin with little to no moisture left. Dermatitis can then result from excessive hand washing. Once the top layer of the skin cracks due to the removal of the skin’s natural oils, the skin become inflamed. This is the start of dermatitis and symptoms such as swelling, redness, irritation and itchiness. Read more about dermatitis here.

Harsh Soaps

Healthy skin actually has a slightly acidic pH balance while many harsh soaps are alkaline substances. So, exposing healthy skin to chemical-based cleansers may well contribute to disruption in the skin’s own healing process, making damaged, dry skin a very likely result. Harsh soaps, as well as water, can strip away ceramides and other natural oils from the skin, resulting in dehydrated, cracked skin barriers.
When buying a hand washing soap, most people will opt for antibacterial types in order to kill of as many germs from the hands as possible. However, this is not necessarily true. A study funded by the NIH found that antibacterial soaps work no better than moisturising, natural soaps, so try to avoid chemical-based soaps at all costs – they are simply no good for your skin.

Our Recommendations

An awareness of your hand-washing regularity is very important when avoiding the symptoms of Dry Skin and Hand Washing. Maybe you are washing your hands too often, or when its not needed. You could make sure you always use gloves when washing the dishes or clothes to avoid this direct contact.

The easiest way to look after your hands during washing is to make sure you choose a safe, natural soap. There is no reason to be opting for chemical-based products as all they do is damage and dry out your delicate skin. The Syrinx Za Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar is a natural cold-processed soap that is carefully designed to deeply cleanse hands while keeping the skin as protected and moisturised as possible. The soap is uniquely formulated to gently remove impurities while quickly restoring your skin’s natural moisture levels. It also stops the skin from drying out after use, by retaining the moisture absorbed.

Early Morning Dry SKin

Emma Bunton Dry SkinDo you have dry skin when you wake up?
I noticed a tweet from Emma Bunton this morning and was inspired to write this post.
Emma Bunton on Twitter
You can follow Emma Bunton on Twitter @EmmaBunton
To listen to Emma’s #HeartLondon radio show find the link here: @HeartLondon

Time Consuming Facial vs. Daily Skin Care

Some would say that a facial in the beauty salon is therapeutic as well as being beneficial for dry skin. OK, so I’m a bloke and I have to admit, although I am sure you won’t be surprised to hear that I’ve never had a facial, however I don’t need one because I’m lucky enough to work for a skin care company that provides me with the products I need to maintain healthy hydrated skin.

So which is the best; a time consuming, not to mention expensive facial or just regular daily skin care with soap and a little moisturiser ?

A Facial at home or in the Beauty Salon
A good home facial mask from reputable store it’s going to cost you around £20.00 and you’ll still need to precede your facial with an equally high quality face skin cleanser, and then find the time to apply and let the facial mask do its work before removing it. So a facial is expensive and time consuming – That’s no bad thing if you’ve got the time and the budget to spend £20.00 every time you’re skin becomes dehydrated. Even more expensive and time consuming if you go to the beauty salon.

Home Skin Care Regime using Syrinx Za Products
Using our skin care regime you need the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar and our Ultra-Sensitive Therapy Cream. You’ll use the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar (like a bar of soap) wash the skin and remove all impurities simply by washing the face. Then apply the Ultra-Sensitive Therapy Cream, working the cream in firmly. Do this each morning and evening, and when you remove makeup and also immediately after swimming, bathing or exposure to the wind or sun.

The above face skin care regime is not going to take up any more time because we all wash our face every morning and evening. As a major bonus both products are 100% natural – no chemicals.

So, which is the best, a facial or a simple skin care regime?

OK, so I’m a little biased because I work for Syrinx Za, but our products really will help Emma Bunton and you and me to avoid Early Morning Dry Skin. So My vote is for adopting a daily skin care regime rather wasting time with expensive facials.

What do think? –


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Winter Skin Care

Winter Skin CareA little help from your friends at Syrinx Za
I was reminded this week how my skin reacts poorly to extremes of temperature. Saturday 8th of December I’m applying my Moisturising Therapy Balm to my face and fore head following the chill wind and central heating in the UK. Then, Tuesday 11th December I’m using my Hydrating Therapy Balm to calm my sun-burned forehead and shoulders.

We’re on holiday in Perth Western Australia, but I am sparing a thought for my freezing friends at home in the UK.

Winter Face Moisturising

Whilst the hat, scarf and winter woollies will keep out the chill, they’ll not stop our skin from drying out and possibly cracking following exposure to the cold and home heating. In this case the best form of skin defence is offence with our Moisturising Therapy Balm.

Our Moisturising Therapy Balm is the perfect defence against the biting cold winter weather, it’s a thick, luxurious creamy balm that absorbs and moisturises deeply. Apply following your morning shower for all day defence against winter elements.

Winter Body moisturising

Under the layers of clothing we’re more protected so a lighter, faster absorbing skin moisturising cream is more suitable, we recommend our Ultra-Sensitive Therapy cream for a luxurious long lasting body moisturiser.

20% Christmas Discount Code off all products

During December all customers, new and old can enjoy a 20% discount off all purchases – simply enter the following discount code at the checkout: XMAS2012


Dry Skin on Face | Q and A | Dry Skin on the Face Care

Image depicting dry skin on the faceWhat are the common symptoms of dry skin on the face?
If you have patches of dry, red or scaly skin on your face, together with inflammation, itching or irritation or a feeling that the skin on your face is tight, uncomfortable or even painful, you are suffering with dry skin on the face.

What causes dry skin on the face? Dry skin on the face lacks oil; it can also be caused by ageing, sunshine, wind, central heating, air conditioning and certain soaps.

Can dry skin on the face be cured or treated?

You may be prescribed a steroid cream or lotion, but there are associated side-effects that can leave the skin worse in the end. You can also buy expensive designer brands with complicated treatment programmes. We think there’s a better solution. Read on to find out what it is.

What is the best cure for dry skin on the face?

Our gentle Moisturising Therapy Balm locks in moisture and helps to heal dry skin on the face. Just rub it in gently after every bath or shower you take. You’ll find the cream quickly hydrates the skin, and achieves noticeable results within just two weeks.

Other tips for dry skin on the face

  1. Turn down the central heating thermostat
  2. Open the windows to let in fresh air every day
  3. Avoid too much sun, especially at midday
  4. Eat oily fish at least twice a week
  5. Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated
What’s in your dry facial skin treatment?

All our products are completely natural with no petroleum, parabens or chemicals, and no artificial colours or alcohol, so there’s no danger of an adverse reaction.

Here are the main active ingredients of our rich balm to treat dry skin on the face:

  • Zander – a rare lake sediment that draws out impurities, promotes cell regeneration and boosts skin immunity
  • Shea butter & Kalahari Melon Seed oil with known hydrating qualities
  • Tea Tree oil – natural antiseptic and disinfectant

Give the Moisturising Therapy Balm for Dry Skin a try and let us know how you get on in the comments below.