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Natural Skin Care

Natural skin care is the care of the skin using products which are manufactured using ingredients which occur naturally in nature such as mud, herbs, roots, essential oils and flowers. These ingredients are mixed with naturally occurring preservatives, surfactants, humectants and emulsifiers which act as carrier agents.

Razor Burn Treatment

How to get soft legsShaving is obviously very popular for most of the population; Men’s faces or women’s legs or a number of other places are shaved to produce smooth, soft skin but it can often lead to unattractive red, itchy razor bumps we know as Razor Burn or shaving rash.

This usually occurs when the hair follicles are infected with bacteria which can cause inflammation of the skin or just the wrong technique is used and so painful red bumps appear.

Preventing Razor Burn

We know that red, sore, bumpy skin isn’t exactly the look you were going for, so here are some steps you can take to prevent irritation and reduce the already red, inflamed skin.

Shaving Technique

You’ve probably been shaving for years; and think that you don’t need someone to tell you how to shave but most people do not realise that preparation is key.

First make sure that your razor is clean and sharp, otherwise this will irritate the skin causing ingrown hair and razor rash. Replace razors often.

Preparing the skin is so important as dry skin, oily skin, or dead skin cells can block pores and cause a rash.

Hydrating Skin Before Shaving

Splash your face with warm water to begin with. Then cleanse your skin with a non-chemical soap such as the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar which works wonders for preparing your skin for a shave.  The warm water will soften your hairs and help open the pores so that the rich lather of the Therapy bar with its antiseptic, detoxifying and purifying qualities can thoroughly cleanse the skin and lock in the moisture that you need.

After you have rinsed you can then create some more lather to actually shave with, apply this thick later to the skin using circular motions to ensure coverage.

When you are shaving, ensure you are not pressing to hard, you should only need light gentle strokes and if you need to try to keep the skin taught.  Another tip is to make sure that you rinse the blade often. Some people find that not going “against the grain” prevents razor rash too – you might not get such a close shave though but it will be worth it.

Rinse your skin thoroughly to ensure you have washed off any lather or hairs that might have been left behind, gently pat dry and apply the Syrinx Za Skin Revitaliser to reduce redness, irritation and to keep the skin hydrated to prevent razor burn.

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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.

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Benefits of Argan Oil

Benefits of Argan OilAs one of our most favorite and key ingredients, we’d like to discuss the benefits of argan oil, one of the rarest oils around.

Argon Oil is relatively new to the western world but the women of Morocco have used it for years to keep youthful, healthy looking skin. Argan oil is from the kernels of the argan tree from Morocco where they are harvested by hand and then crushed or ground and pressed. When used for food they are also roasted.

Argan Oil for Skin

Right away we might realise that two benefits of Argan oil are that it hydrates and moisturises your skin and due to the properties of Argan Oil. Argan contains vitamin E which is well known for being good for your skin as it has high levels of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. When mixed with other ingredients in our products we find that inflammation is reduced, moisture in the skin is retained, red patches of skin are soothed, skin is less itchy and cells are prevented from aging, which are some of the reasons that argan oil is fantastic for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

Anti-Aging

We don’t often make claims to our products being anti-aging but it is a fact that Argan Oil not only contains anti-oxidants and fatty acids which can regress the signs of aging but also ferulic acid. Ferulic acid is the most abundant organic compound in Argan oil, which not only protects the skin from the sun it is used in anti-aging products. Ferulic acid is also found in the seeds of apples, that doesn’t mean you need to eat them!

Some other benefits of Argan oil

As argan oil contains all of these great compounds when mixed with our special ingredient Sapropel a rare lake sediment it can reduce spots, pimples and blemishes caused by acne.
Due to Argan oils fatty acids it can be used to prevent stretch marks as it increases the elasticity of the skin.

Argan oil will have benefits on all skin types, dry, oily or combination especially when mixed with our other special ingredients.

Which Syrinx Za products contain Argon Oil?

You will find Argan oil in two of our products and they are our Skin revitaliser and Natural Emollient, along with many other natural ingredients that work alongside each other to provide a natural skincare solution to help return skin to a healthy glowing state. These products are effective for many skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, dry skin, and acne.

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Difference Between Eczema And Psoriasis

Psoriasis TreatmentMany people ask “What is the difference between eczema and psoriasis?”  as it’s quite difficult to tell one inflamed, itchy, patch of red skin from another.

It is tricky to tell these skin conditions apart, even dermatologists sometimes have trouble due to the fact they are both types of dermatitis and have one thing in common, inflammation of the skin.

Causes of Eczema and Psoriasis

Eczema is believed to be hereditary, an allergic reaction or linked to environmental factors. However, the true cause is not known.

Psoriasis is a life time condition that can be caused by a number of factors also such as stress, medications, and the weather.

Dry skin and Eczema/Psoriasis

The first thing to note is that not all patches of psoriasis are of dry skin, psoriasis skin consists of red, scaly patches of skin which is due to an over production of live cells that eventually causes scaling.

Eczema however often does include dry patches of cracked also itchy and painful skin. That may blister.

Is Age a Factor

Usually but not always eczema would appear from an early age, and more commonly psoriasis affects adults.

Natural Eczema and Psoriasis Treatments

There is no cure for either condition but both can be treated in a similar way using natural skin care treatment.

For both conditions, it is most important that you stay away from standard soap bars and liquid cleansers.  Not only is this soap very drying to the skin it contains chemicals and perfumes that will irate the skin.

We have a range of natural skin care products for skin conditions that can help eczema and psoriasis; all products contain Zander which is a nutrient rich mud  used by local people in Latvia and Ukraine for centuries. Zander gives the skins own immune system a huge boost allowing it to heal itself.

The Syrinx Za Therapy Bar contains no chemicals, perfume or other impurities, and will deep cleanse the skin and maintain the moisture; this helps the skin produce its own protective oil that other soaps actually can inhibit.

Psoriasis needs an emollient that will allow the skin to heal, reduce inflammation, adding moisture fast into the skin. This improves the skins appearance and keeps irritations away.

Eczema also needs this tender care from an emollient to soothe and moisturise the skin to ease the itching and to reduce chances of flare-ups.

So, it can be difficult to know the difference between eczema and psoriasis but its good to know that with care you can get both under control !

Please note – in support of National Eczema Week 2013 we are offering a 20% discount with use of the code ECZEMA2013 at the check out. 

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Callus Treatment

callus treatmentA callus is an area of flat, hard skin, often yellowing in colour. They are usually found on feet or hands and can be painful, uncomfortable or unsightly, causing stress to the sufferer; which is a good reason to need a natural callus treatment.

Calluses can be very annoying but don’t be tempted to cut or overly scrub the skin, this can damage the skin; causing pain, discomfort and even scarring, the best treatment is a natural skincare routine.

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What causes calluses?

A callus is usually formed due to continued pressure or friction to the same area of skin. This hard skin can develop anywhere on the body that is under repeated friction.

Calluses are quite normal especially if you are an active person, certain jobs, hobbies or sports are notorious for causing calluses. Calluses are typically found on bodybuilder’s hands, labourer’s hands or on the feet of long distance walkers or joggers especially if they have loose fitting footwear. Even the repeated use of flip-flops can cause a callus between the toes, and the list goes on.

Here we are talking about getting rid of calluses but did you know that some people actually pay money for equipment to make this hard skin, such as guitar players, the hard skin enables them to play the guitar without pain, as the callus protects the skin, which is in fact the whole purpose of the callus.

How can Syrinx Za Help?

With many types of hard, dry skin – all that is needed is a little love and care, sadly there isn’t a quick cure out there, you have to work at making your skin smooth and soft again. However with the valuable natural ingredients that are included in the Syrinx Za Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar and the Derma Protector, calluses can be just a bad dream.

Callus Treatment

The best way to treat calluses is to first remove the cause of the rubbing or pressure and then to set yourself a regular skincare routine.

I should warn you, this isn’t going to be an overnight solution, it may take a few weeks to soften such hard skin and if you cannot remove the cause it will obviously take longer, but with perseverance it is still be possible to soften the skin.

First Dampen the area, then making a thick lather with the Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar, rub the lather vigorously into the affected area for a few minutes – leave on overnight for the Zander to have the best effect.

Repeat as above in the morning but this time wash off the suds, dry thoroughly and apply the Derma Protector to soothe and replenish the skin.

Perseverance is the key here but with this callus treatment soon you will start to notice your skin going back to its normal self.

 

Sunburn Treatment

Sunburn TreatmentAt the moment in the UK, we are having the longest period of consecutive sunshine since 2006, nine days so far, so we should be getting used to applying our sunscreen or sun tan lotion often throughout the day.

We know that sunburn is caused by over exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun but some are unsure of how much exposure is too much. So, if you have sunburned your skin by mistake, our natural sunburn treatment guide will help.

How long does Sunburn last

Mild Sunburn usually lasts for around 4 to 7 days but sunburn can trigger changes in cells that could lead to cancer later in life. So as always the best sunburn treatment is prevention.

Okay, so it’s too late to lecture you about the dangers of going out in the sun without the correct protection. So, what can you do about your lobster red skin…?

Tips for Sunburn Treatment

First if you are in a lot of pain, you can take an inflammatory painkiller such as Ibuprofen or aspirin.

Soak your skin as soon as possible.

Soak your skin in a very cool bath, not cold but cool (Or Shower). Do not use any harsh soaps or detergents with chemicals in as this will irritate your skin further. Please do not have a hot or ice cold shower, this is very dangerous for you and your skin.

Pat dry your skin – do not rub.

Most importantly moisturise!

Apply a very liberal amount of natural moisturiser; we recommend the Syrinx ZA Derma Protector Balm which will soothe and protect your skin using the ingredient Shea Butter to reduce inflammation and redness and prevent scarring. The ingredient Sapropel will add many vitamins, minerals and lipids to your skin, to boost your skin’s immune system along with the included Tea Tree Oil.

Apply this moisturiser as often as you can – we advise about 5 times per day, to hopefully limit the chance of peeling skin.

Throughout the day apply cold compresses to the skin; using maybe a hand towel, leaving it on the affected sun-burnt skin for 20 minutes or until it feels cooler. Do not forget to apply more lotion.

Drink lots and of fluids, preferably water; to rehydrate your body and skin.

If you have to go out – protect yourself from the sun, try to stay in the shade, wear a high factor sunscreen on top of your Derma protector balm which also protects from UV rays and wear loose cotton clothing.

Do not pick or peel your skin as this can cause an infection.

Get medical help if you are at all concerned or if you have a high temperature (a fever), feel nauseous, have blisters, or an infection.

Syrinx ZA offer a fast delivery which is free for orders over £25 get your Sunburn Treatment, Derma Protector Balm and find out more -> Derma Protector Balm..

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Cleansing Babies’ Skin

Cleansing Babies’ SkinThere are very few things that are more delicate than a baby’s skin. When Cleansing Babies’ Skin, parents must be extremely cautious and take extra special care so their skin can be as healthy and happy as possible.

Due to the sensitive nature of their skin, babies can be vulnerable to skin conditions such as eczema so it is crucial that parents know how to correctly care for their baby’s skin to help build a barrier.

Factors to consider

There are certain factors to consider and certain things you should or shouldn’t avoid when Cleansing Babies’ Skin

Excessive Washing
Because babies only need to be washed when they are actually in need of a bath, washing your baby even daily could be considered excessive washing. Too much exposure to water can remove the skin’s natural oils and leave it dry and eczema-prone.

Soaps
Harsh, chemical filled soaps can significantly harm a baby’s skin and leave it heavily damaged and dry. Start using a natural, cold-processed soap such as Syrinx Za Therapy Bar, which is especially designed to treat skin conditions in babies such as eczema. It is completely non-irritant and very safe to use even on skin as delicate as a newborn’s. Its antiseptic and purifying qualities can relieve any irritations your baby’s skin may already be suffereing with as a result of eczema or any other skin condition.

The bar is very mild and effective, and should be used as an alternative to normal soaps, although should not be used around the eyes.

Temperature of the water
Hot water is a huge no-no when it comes to washing a baby’s skin as it can cause serious irritation and dry it out. Opt for lukewarm, pre-boiled water instead.

Moisturising
Using a safe, natural moisturiser on your baby’s skin is useful when combating the harm that washing could cause.

Syrinx Za’s Skin Revitaliser and Emollient is ideal for use on immature skin. Use on your baby’s skin after bathing to reinstate any lost moisture and soothe any dry, eczema-affected areas. Regular application of the creams are recommended for day and night protection from eczema and nappy rash.

Support…

Cleansing Babies’ Skin is particularly difficult as infants cannot vocalise their feelings, making it very hard for parents to know if what they are doing is or isn’t helping.

If you are ever unsure about how to treat your baby’s skin or worry that your washing regime is not helping then never hesitate to seek help and guidance from your local GP.
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Daily Skincare Regime

Best facial scrubIn order to maintain healthy, happy skin it is absolutely crucial you maintain a Daily Skincare Regime.

Looking after your skin on a daily basis should go above and beyond simply using normal soap and water. You and your skin both deserve much more TLC than that!

No matter what condition your skin is in it should be treated with great care and should be both moisturised and cleansed on a daily basis, morning and night.

Key points

If you are unsure how to create a basic Daily Skincare Regime then have no fear as we are here to help. It really is very easy, we promise!

You really only need two natural products to create your own daily skincare regime. Using these twice a day will keep your skin fresh, clear and moisturised.

First you need to cleanse your skin with a natural soap. Cleansing soaps remove make-up and environmental impurities from the skin.  The good thing is natural, deep cleansing soaps can not only deeply clean out your pores but also hydrate your skin and give it a glowing, clear complexion. Cleanse your skin thoroughly first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

Moisturising your skin is just as important as cleansing it. Why? Well, natural moisturisers can replace your skin’s natural oils that may have been lost during the cleansing process. Moisturisers hydrate and soften skin, leaving it smooth, supple and in its optimum health. Always moisturise your skin straight after completing the cleansing process, morning and night. Your skin will definitely be thanking you for it in no time!

Our recommendation

Any Daily Skincare Regime should always consist of great, safe and effective products.

The Syrinx Za range consists of a lotion, balm and natural cleansing soap that can be used on a daily basis, and all contain completely natural and organic ingredients to help heal and replenish the skin to miracle standards.

Syrinx Za Hydrating Balm, Emollient, Skin Revitaliser and Therapy Bar are all designed to hydrate and take care of your skin, 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 in your daily regime and see results in just two weeks.

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Shaving Rash on the Legs

shaving rash on the legsIt is unfortunately something that woman all around the world endure from time to time – a Shaving Rash on the Legs.

A shaving rash is caused by an improper shaving technique. This could be anything from holding the razor at an awkward angle, not allowing the skin enough moisture before shaving or simply using harsh soaps. All these factors could irritate the skin leaving a very unsightly, uncomfortable and even sometimes painful rash. It usually appears as red bumps that are raised and could be mistaken for acne.

A deeper look at Shaving Rashes…

The red bumps that may sometime appear after shaving your legs are actually ingrown hairs. Immediately after shaving your legs, sometimes the tips of any remaining hair rotate and start growing back into the follicle it came from as opposed to growing outward as it is supposed to. This then causes a Shaving Rash on the Legs.

Shaving also removes the top layer of skin, exposing the hair follicles to bacteria and inflammation, making it more vulnerable to rashes.

This can happen for a variety of reasons. Dry skin, oily skin or dead skin cells can all block the pores within the skin on your legs and cause such a rash to occur.

The texture of your hair could also be an influencer – coarse, curly hair is more likely to curl back into the follicle than fine, straight hair is.

Shaving too closely, using an old/dirty razor or waxing/hair removal cream can also irritate the exposed hair follicle and cause a shaving rash.

Treating a shaving rash…

Allowing your hair to grow for a few weeks usually completely gets rid of any Shaving Rash on the Legs. This is because it gives the ingrown hairs enough time to come out of the hair follicles again.

In the meantime, you may want to keep your legs well moisturised to reduce redness and keep dryness and irritation at bay. The Syrinx Za Hydrating Balm and Skin Revitaliser are both designed hydrate dry skin rashes, leaving them moisturised and soothed. Both products contain antiseptic properties that can help to alleviate any irritation caused by shaving rashes.

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 the results for yourself.
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Clothes for Sensitive Skin

Clothes for Sensitive SkinEczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, skin allergies. Whatever skin condition you may be suffering with, your clothing could have a huge impact on it and could actually be determining just how comfortable (or, more to the point, uncomfortable) your life is.

There’s nothing that comes closer to your skin than your clothes, and because we have to wear them understanding which fabrics you should avoid and which get the green light is crucial when choosing Clothes for Sensitive Skin.

Fabrics to avoid…

So let’s start with the bad news. There are, unfortunately, more fabrics that agitate your skin than not, which makes choosing Clothes for Sensitive Skin really quite challenging…

Wool
It is strongly recommended that sensitive skin sufferers avoid wool clothing completely.

The short, coarse fibres within the fabric can prick and cause irritation and itchiness for skin, particularly for skin conditions. It also contains lanolin (an oil produced by sheep) which can be an allergen and irritate sensitive skin further.

Cashmere
You may or may not have known it but cashmere is actually formed from goat hair meaning it can be an allergen for many individuals, causing sensitive skin to worsen. Because it is a heavy fabric, it can trap heat in and make the skin become very uncomfortable indeed.

Synthetic Fabrics
Clothes made of synthetic fabrics can cause sensitive skin to become very irritated if they are worn for a prolonged period of time thanks to its tendancy to not allow the skin to breathe through the material. Nylon, polyester and rayon are just some of the synthetic fabrics used within many clothes, so always read the care label closely before purchasing any new item of clothing.

Fabrics to choose…

Silk
While normal silk fabrics contain sericin, (a type of protein that emerges in the silk production and is a well-known irritant for sensitive skin and eczema), certain types of silk can actually be quite a good option for sensitive skin sufferers…

Utilising today’s technology, special silk fabrics are now designed especially for sensitive sufferers that contain no sericin. It is so successful that only one allergy related complaint has ever been reported after use. Sericin-free silk is ideal to support creams and emollients that have been used on affected skin, helping to reduce any inflammation, itchiness or irritation.

Cotton
Cotton is soft, gentle and breathable, and although the short fibres can de-hydrate the skin it is certainly more beneficial than the majority of fabrics on offer.

Keep hydrated!

Even though you can now make better decisions about choosing the right Clothes for Sensitive Skin it is extremely important you do not neglect your skincare regime.

Always remember to use a natural Emollient, Balm or Cream to treat and moisturise your skin underneath your clothes, and substitute any potentially harmful, harsh soaps you use with a natural Therapy Bar. Everyone’s skin is different so try out all Syrinx Za’s range to work out what works best for you and your skin condition.

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