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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.

Side Effects of Topical Steroids

What is the best treatment for eczema?If you walk into your local pharmacy, chances are you’ll see a variety of skincare treatments containing Topical Corticosteroids, but many of us don’t actually know what they are nor why they are something to avoid.

Let us explain…

What are Topical Steroids?

Topical Corticosteroids are creams, ointments and lotions that contain steroid medicines. They aim to reduce skin inflammation and are used for various skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

Sounds great right? Well, unfortunately not. Topical Corticosteroids do not come without their quite extreme side effects…

Why are they Dangerous?

Topical corticosteroids can cause many local side effects to the areas of skin skin they are applied. Once Topical Corticosteroids are absorbed into the skin over a long period of time, systemic complications can also arise.

Thinning of the skin (Skin Athropy) is perhaps the most common danger of Topical Corticosteroids, which has been proven by many different studies and research. This, in turn, can damage the skin even further, making it even more vulnerable than it was to begin with and even more susceptible to skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

Thanks to Topical Corticosteroids, the formation of stretch marks becomes more likely. The Topical Corticosteroids break down the connective tissues of the skin which can then cause stretch marks, which of course will take a considerable amount of time to disappear.

Topical Corticosteroids can make the blood vessels dialate and become visible undernearth the sufferer’s thinned skin, particularly when they are used long term. Acne and Rosacea is also a known side effect of Topical Corticosteroids – so, using these treatments to cure one skin condition may actually make you end up suffering a whole other one! Not a very good deal…

Other complications such as infections and an interference with the body’s own steroid production and glucose management can also occur as a result of treating the skin with Topical Corticosteroid based remedys.

What Alternatives are there?

The best way to take control of your skin’s health and protect yourself against the Side Effects of Topical Steroids is to be clued up on the ingredients in every skin care product you buy.

The best, easiest and safest way to avoid any adverse risks is to opt for all natural products that use only pure, natural ingredients to treat skin conditions. That’s where Syrinx Za come in…

All our products are completely free of Topical Corticosteroids so you can treat your skin with the comfort of knowing it is being looked after and kept safe, protected and effectively treated.

Read more about Syrinx Za Skincare Products

Note: Do NOT get Topical Corticosteroids (used to reduce skin inflammation) confused with Anabolic Steroids (used by athletes and body builders to improve their physical abilities). Two very different types of ‘steroids’ with VERY different purposes! (so lads, if you use a Topical Corticosteroid based emollient unfortunately your muscles will not be affected…)

New Syrinx Za Skincare Range

Syrinx Za New ProductsOur new skincare range is here!
This is a very exciting time for us here at Syrinx Za as we have just launched our brand new, breakthrough range for 2013. Already used by those prone to eczema and dry, cracked skin, the range offers a natural alternative to traditional, chemically-based products.

Hair and Scalp Products Coming Soon
As well as the new skincare products listed below we are only a few days away from launching our new hair and scalp range specially for those of us who suffer from scalp disorders. Watch this space for more news.

Derma Protector:

A brand new 24-hour protective balm, formulated to soothe even severely dry, cracked skin conditions and reduce inflammation. Proven to reduce inflammation and soothe even the driest cracked skin. Fantastic for feet, heels and hands. Read more about the Derma Protector

Natural Emollient:

A hydrating rich emollient that is used by those prone to eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and dry skin. Contains natural, effective ingredients suitable for sufferers of all ages and skin types. Deeply cleanses and detoxifies whilst boosting the skin’s own immune system. Read more about the Natural Emollient

Skin Revitaliser:

A luxurious cream that can be used as a daily, easy-to-absorb moisturiser or an effective treatment for dry skin conditions. It deeply cleanses, protects the skin from toxins and soothes irritation. Read more about the Skin Revitaliser

Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar:

Our classic, ever popular Therapy Bar. Aims to detoxify and deeply cleanse the skin, while adding moisture and relieving irritation from skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and dry, cracked skin. A safe, effective alternative to normal chemically-based soaps and ideal for soothing skin allergies and troublesome or problematic skin. Read more about the Deep Cleanser

All our products include breakthrough glacial-lake ingredient, Sapropel and add essential vitamins, mineral and lipids to the remove toxins and boost its own immune system, allowing it to retain its natural moisture, using only pure, natural ingredients.

Now available in pharmacies!

After several years of testing and with new a new look including packaging and designs, our products are now available in pharmacies across the UK.

You may have already come across us in some independent pharmacies but, come early April, we will be expanding into many more. Chances are our new-look range will already be waiting for you on a shelf at your local pharmacy!

So, if you can’t get online to order any of our products then make sure you ask your pharmacy fro our products? If you can’t find our products on the shelf then please let us know and we will ensure your pharmacist stocks our range in the near future. Please contact us.

Paraben Dangers

paraben freeSo, we hear the phrase ‘paraben-free’. We know it’s supposed to be a good thing, but do you know why?

What does it really mean?  You might know that you are supposed to avoid parabens but not sure of the reason.

Actually, most of us would have to admit that we don’t even know what parabens are, never mind the harm it can bring to our skin.

What are Parabens?

Parabens are synthetic preservatives used in a multitude of food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products including deodorants, shampoos and moisturisers.

The most common parabens are methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. Usually, more than one of these parabens will be used in a risky skincare product in combination with other types of preservatives. The use of mixtures of parabens allows the use of lower levels while increasing preservative activity.

As preservatives, parabens can keep your skin care products fresh for years. Yes, great for shelf life, but unfortunately not so good for your skin…

Why are they Dangerous?

When parabens come into contact with your skin, it has access to your body; in fact, statistics suggest that as much as FIVE POUNDS of cosmetic chemicals are absorbed by our body every year.

Parabens can mimic the hormones within our bodies and interrupt normal functioning of the endocrine system. This can lead to an array of problems, varying in severity.

The endocrine system releases hormones into the bloodstream and contributes towards healthy development of reproduction, waste elimination, digestion and metabolism. If this development is disrupted by something like parabens it can lead to an early onset of puberty in both young boys and girls.

If parabens begin to mimic estrogen then your body automatically becomes more at risk of developing breast cancer. Parabens have also been shown to be able to potentially cause decreased sperm levels.

What alternatives are there?

The best way to take control of your skin’s health and protect yourself against the Paraben Dangers is to be clued up on the ingredients in every skin care product you buy.

The best, easiest and safest way to avoid any adverse risks is to opt for all natural products. That’s where Syrinx Za come in!

All our products are absolutely, completely paraben free so you can treat your skin with the comfort of knowing it is being looked after and kept safe, protected and effectively treated.

Spring Skin

spring skinNow that March is upon us you would expect to have some warmer, sunnier weather, we haven’t seen much evidence of it yet with most of the country recently suffering with high winds, flooding and snow.

Early spring is inheritably changeable as it teases our spring skin with freezing temperatures at night and cold winds to dry the skin during the daytime. Rainy weather and high humidity paradoxically cause the skin to dry out.

Treating spring-kissed skin

Syrinx Za creams and balms offer just the right sort of protection. If you suffer from eczema, psoriasis or any other skin complaint there are added benefits afforded by the products in the alleviation of symptoms.

To do the thing properly, you need to change your washing habits. If you have sensitive or troubled skin, it is good to use water that has been previously boiled. This process brings about the precipitation of calcium and magnesium salts that tend to irritate the skin.

Syrinx Za Therapy Bar

Syrinx Za Therapy bar can be used on all skin types. It is highly moisturising and when used with tepid water on sensitive skin, it cleanses effectively, removing impurities and other irritants. Moreover it is anti-pruritic, that is, it stops itchiness.

The therapy bar contains turmeric which is an excellent natural anti-fungal agent. If your feet get wet, as they often do during these damp weeks, you can end up with painful fissures in the undersides of the feet together with other annoying complaints such as athletes foot. Both of these conditions can be treated with the therapy bar. After washing the feet you just moisten the bar and rub firmly into the affected areas. If your feet are very hard and rough you can wrap them after the soaping exercise in cling film, secured in place with a cotton sock.

You will be surprised just how quickly the skin softens and the symptoms attenuate. Repeat the process for the next couple of nights.

Syrinx Hydrating Therapy Balm

During the day you can rub the hydrating therapy balm into the feet for protection of the skin.

Remember that skin type plays an important part in the choice of treatment. If your skin is inclined to be dry, you might benefit from a balm. Our balms are free of water and when applied sparingly to sensitive skin they provide day long protection. If your skin is more on the oily side you might get on better with one of the moisturising creams. These are deeply penetrative and provide excellent moisturisation of the dermal layers.

Possibly the greatest advantage of Syrinx products is that they are put together from mainly natural components and are free of any substances that are allergenic or could harm you in any way, a great way to treat your spring skin.

Winter Skin

Winter Skin CareWith this cold, wet weather that we have been enduring for the last few months many people are beginning to suffer winter skin complaints.

For most, these are seasonal complaints but for others, half of the year can be written off as we hobble painfully to work or rub our ears trying to rid ourselves of pesky itches and rashes.

Protecting your skin AND health!

Then there are colds and flu like virus that leave us sneezing and snuffling into disposable hankies, the continuous use of which leaves our noses reddened and sore.

Any doctor will tell you that the outer, protective layer of skin, the Stratum Corneum, if it is to perform its function properly must be well moisturised. Once you remove the moisture then it loses versatility, leading to soreness and in some cases, eczema.

If you recognise any of this description as applying to yourself, you might like to try Syrinx moisturising therapy balm. You can apply it gently around the nostrils and upper lip region and immediately the area will feel a lot less sore and become less susceptible to the actions of the hanky! The therapy balm contains some very special and cathartic oils, as well as Zander extract that make our products unique.

Avoiding oil-based products?

For those who prefer not to use oil based products (their skin may already be of the oily type) then look no further than the Ultra-Sensitive therapy cream. This preparation is highly absorbent and suitable for people of all ages. The Zander element is manifested partly by the presence of fulvic acid, a natural substance renowned for its health promoting properties.

Winter-kissed cracked feet…

So what about those chaps, chilblains and cracked feet that cause us to hobble to work? Start with Syrinx Za Therapy bar. Use it to wash your feet, and then make a lather which you rub firmly into the affected areas. Leave overnight and wash out in the morning. Then apply either the Hydrating Therapy balm or the ultra-sensitive therapy cream for day protection and repeat the process the following night.

Quite an effective method of speeding up the cure is to wrap the foot in cling film, securing it with a sock. For my own cracked feet it took two days to recover using this method.


Itchy ears can be a very annoying condition during the winter months and is caused by the development of eczema just inside the pinna of the ear.

I have found that the simplest method of getting rid of the problem is to rub the therapy bar with my ring finger and transfer to the inside of the pinna, rubbing in gently and firmly.

If this doesn’t work for you, by all means try a Syrinx balm or cream- each contains Zander humic extract – a concentrated cocktail of humic substances, vitamins and lipids that offer effective treatment of winter skin soreness.

The #SyrinxZA Story Part 2

Syrinx Za Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar: all natural dry skin soapLooking down the list of ingredients for the Therapy Bar you soon spot ‘Zander (Phragmites communis: natural extract)’.

This exotic sounding item has a wonderful, romantic history that starts with the Ice Age in Eastern Europe some 15,000 years ago. If you can imagine the heaving bergs and glaciers of the present day Antarctic being transposed to Scandinavia and Northern Europe, then you have a picture of the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) as they must have appeared during the first Ice Age.

Click here if you missed part 1 of the Syrinx ZA Story

The science bit

Ice is not static but moves inexorably with tremendous strength as a response to gravity. As it moves it grinds the underlying bedrock, creating shallow depressions. After the ice melted these depressions became lakes and these in turn were quickly colonised by algae, reeds and fish.

Even today the Baltic States suffer from pretty severe winters when the lakes freeze over for several months. They are not fed, as Scottish lakes are, by fast flowing, well oxygenated rivers but by the sluggish aquifers that are associated with flat land. This means that the amount of dissolved oxygen that ends up in the lake is limited and is quickly used up by lake dwelling organisms.

Now the reeds growing around the margin of the lake are vigorous and lush. They are also herbaceous, which means that dead leaves and stems are going to fall into the water regularly. In a well oxygenated environment the organic debris would be quickly oxidised by organisms to carbon dioxide and water.

When oxygen is scarce

However when oxygen is scarce, this cannot happen and you end up with an anaerobic jelly. Over many thousands of years and at a deposition rate of 1 mm per year, this jelly has built up. Even allowing for surface oxygenation, many lakes may contain a thickness of some 9 metres of this material.

In Latvia you can see some truly beautiful lakes. If you were to jump in for a swim you’d be surprised that the water barely passed your knees! But then you are standing on a lot of jelly. So the water gets displaced, as do the fish. The creature of economic importance out there is the pike-perch, much sort after for its creamy sweet flesh but increasingly displaced by the accumulating reed jelly.

It’s been a long and slow process but now the jelly or ‘Zander’ is being carefully dredged. The ecological balance is being redressed and before long the pike-perch will recolonize the lakes.

Everything we do is engineered to be ethical, natural and sustainable and critically help and protect our environment.

We’d welcome your questions or comments in the space provided below.


Hand Made Soap – The #SyrinxZA Story

Syrinx Za Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar: all natural dry skin soapThe Syrinx ZA Story starts over 15,000 years ago during the last Ice Age when Mother Nature began the process or creating the conditions which eventually led to the current day harvesting of the natural ingredients we use to manufacture our natural skincare products.

We’ve named our primary ingredient Zander. More about Zander later but for now let’s talk about saponification and the manufacturing process which helps to make Syrinx Za products so unique and beneficial.

To saponify or not to saponify? What really is best?

Printed on the packaging of every cosmetic product you buy these days is a list of the ingredients. The ingredients lists are generally quite long and complicated. The Syrinx Ingredients lists are mercifully short but there are surprises.

If you take the Syrinx Deep Cleansing Natural Therapy Bar for instance, you will notice that the first four ingredients of this traditionally handmade soap are all oils, which is far the norm. If you look close you will see the majority of commercial soaps will only use the salts of the oils such as ‘sodium olivate’ or ‘sodium cocoate’ rather than the oils themselves.

The difference is that these commercial soaps are made from pre-saponified oils, which are purchased as ‘noodles’ (so called because they are extruded through a huge mincer called a plodder) by the soap maker who then adds other ingredients, including fragrances and colourings to make the soap distinctive.

Why commercial soaps are slightly hydrophilic

On the other hand many handmade soaps start with the oils themselves and the reaction with lye that results in the production of a salt also yields glycerine – a well-known and important moisturiser.

However glycerine is salted out of the majority of commercial soaps before the noodles are forwarded to manufacturers. This explains why commercial soaps are slightly hydrophilic – tending to absorb moisture from the skin, leaving it dry and potentially irritable.

Avoid Soreness – use hand-made soap.

The result can be soreness, particularly around the face and neck. In handmade soaps glycerine remains an intrinsic part of the soap matrix and is fixed there through a process of curing. Such soaps will remain hard and dry providing they are kept out of water. The advantage of this ‘cold batch’ method of soap making is that the soaps retain a key moisturising property and do not cause the skin to dry or be irritable.

Of course commercial imperatives favour the pre-saponified noodle system. Glycerine derived from vegetable oils is very pure and has value in a wide range of technology. Moreover you can’t push glycerine and soap through a plodder so the cold batch system is always going to be labour intensive and therefore more expensive.

Syrinx ZA – Perfected the method producing natural soap

At Syrinx we have perfected a method of producing our round soap bars using a series of insulated tubes as moulds. Once the product is set it is pushed out of the mould with compressed air before cutting. Not an easy job but a very effective one.

In the early days I lost control of the air compressor and the soap shot out of the tube like a torpedo. It hit the opposite wall and reformed as a short fat lump of soap. I still possess it- it has the word ‘Damn!’ etched into the side.

Syrinx ZA – More than just soap

Syrinx Za manufactures a range of Natural Skincare Products based around Zander and other natural ingredients. Watch out for the next instalment of the Syrinx Story or Sign up to receive our posts by email so that you never miss a copy and keep up to date with our skincare news.


Natural Skincare Products Stocked from Natures Larder

No More Skin Allergy with NelsonFood fuels our lives, but do we contemplate where it actually comes from?
Food producers use a multitude of processes that mess with Mother Nature’s larder and our food often passes through many hands before it reaches our plates. So even if we do contemplate what’s on our plate, it’s often difficult to have a truly natural diet with no additives or “un-natural” ingredients because we simply do not have enough control.

Whilst at home my wife and I try to eat naturally, using organic produce where possible. But if you’ve ever tried to stick to an organic diet you’ll know how expensive this can be, and when travelling as we are now it’s literally impossible to eat healthily without starving or living on fresh fruit.

Natural Skin Care Products

I for one am thankful that choosing natural skincare products is a great deal easier than selecting natural foods. As a skin allergy sufferer I can be sure that the Syrinx Za skincare products I use are stocked from nature’s larder because I am involved in the research and testing of all our products.

Everyone deserves more of the good stuff that nature has to offer and you can be as sure as me that we don’t use chemical stabilisers or un-natural products in Syrinx Za products. For many years I suffered from what I call “dog-skin”, a severe reaction to dogs and cats which manifested on the skin on my face and was very sore (understatement) whenever I petted a dog, cat or hairy animal.

Nelson and MickNo problem Nelson
We are currently in Perth, Western Australia staying with my brother-in-law who has one very playful dog and three very energetic cats, one of which is named Nelson who has taken a real shine to me! In the past all four of these family pets would set off my rash. But not today… Natures Larder provides Syrinx Za with the natural ingredients needed to formulate our products and keep my dog and cat skin at bay…

No Problem Nelson… Bring it on….


Animal Testing

Image depicting No Animal TestingThere has been a great deal chatter on social media lately regarding animal testing with some major brands admitting that they do test products on animals. We have also been asked if we use animals during our product testing procedures.

This post is to assure our customers and prospects that Syrinx Za has never and continues not to test our products on animals. We test all of our products on willing humans, and we always will.

No Chemicals and No Testing on Animals.

They call us the natural skin care company for good reason as we only use ingredients found naturally in nature and we only use sustainable ingredients so we are not robbing our planet of its natural resources.

Syrinx Za management takes it responsibility to the environment, nature and humanity very seriously and we welcome any questions you may have about our products or our manufacturing methods. Please post any questions below this post and we will be happy to discuss them with you.


Global Handwashing Day

Image of Global Hand Washing DayRaising awareness of the Global Handwashing day 2012
What a great initiative Global Hand Washing Day is. It’s not until something is brought to your attention that it really brings the message home. I am a habitual handwasher, handwashing was drummed in to me from an early age now I know why!

Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar 20% Discount

We are supporting Global Handwashing Day with a 20% discount off our best selling Soap, the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar. Read more abut the special properties of our soap here and use discount code GHWD2012 in the shopping cart.

Watch the Informative Handwashing Day Video

The team at the Global Handwashing Day produced the short video below which brings home the need to wash your hands frequently to avoid passing on bacteria and desieses which you may have collected from a third party or surface you touch.

I’ll look at the shared bowl of peanuts or crisps on the bar in a different light in future!

Some nasty hand-borne disease facts:

  • 23% of Commuters have faecal bacterial on their hands
  • Government statistics indicate that 25% of foodborne illness is due to improper handwashing

Washing your hands with soap is one of the most practical and effective ways to prevent diarrhoeal diseases. Washing our hands is something we do habitually but it’s not always easy when we are out and about.

Global Handwashing Day Website

Please visit the Global Handwashing Day Website for more information: