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Falls Awareness

falls awarenessFalls awareness week this year starts today on June the 17th and runs through until the 21st of June 2013. Age UK stress the importance for this awareness week because over 350,000 older people are taken to hospital due to a fall. Falls often have devastating after effects so its good to know a few simple steps to prevent them.

What is Falls Awareness Week

Fall awareness week offers the opportunity for people such as carers and older people to get involved through local events, classes and services to find out about falls and how to prevent them.

Each year there is a different theme aimed at creating awareness to prevent falls that occur with older people. This year the theme called Best Foot Forward and is focused on healthy feet.

Cracked feet aren’t healthy feet

It isn’t just older people that suffer with cracked feet and heels but it is very common occurrence with the elderly. Our skin becomes less elastic as we get older thereby causing hard dry skin on the feet to crack and sometimes bleed or even to get infected.

Our feet are often not as cared for as they should be, as they are usually hidden away in socks or tights and shoes, but this is why it is even more important that we take care of our feet. The unpleasant but at the moment harmless hard skin on your heels can soon turn into painful fissures (hard cracked skin) if not looked after and often just a little care is all that your feet need.

How to prevent falls

Of course it’s very important to have healthy feet as if your feet are causing any pain or discomfort this can make your balance unsteady.

  • Moisturise your feet everyday
  • Get plenty of Vitamin D and Calcium to keep your bones strong
  • Make sure there is nothing left lying on the floor you can trip over
  • Hearing checks are important as hearing affects your balance
  • Keep active – most important to keep your legs strong
  • Pamper them occasionally with a footbath or pedicure
  • Go barefoot for an hour at the end of the day to give them an airing
  • Avoid tight fitting shoes at all times

If you do have Cracked Feet and or Heels already then take these steps to heal them before you are the one falling over – Cracked Feet and Heels Natural treatment

See how you can find out more about Falls Awareness by downloading an Age Uk – Action Pack

 

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Tried and Tested Dry Skin Care

Image depicting dry skin on the faceOur skin is amazing, look at all the trials we put it through, sometimes it finds it hard to cope and dry-skin patches appear.

Most of us have had dry skin problems in the past where your skin is flaky or scaly and feels uncomfortably tight and rough. For some people this dry skin disappears as quickly as it appeared but other people have a more lasting problem, when just nothing seems return the moisture to their skin.

If your skin is crying out to be rehydrated its time to look at a Tried and Tested Dry Skin Care.

What causes Dry Skin?

There are many reasons why you might have dry skin; the cause can just be the harsh natural elements of the sun, wind and the cold. Other reasons are ageing; hot baths or showers, harsh soaps and shower gels or even your own heating can take the moisture from the air and so from your skin.

Even what you eat and drink can affect your skin, as we know a non-healthy diet can cause no end of problems.

So what can we do about Dry Skin Care?

To get moisturised, smooth, revitalised skin to replace the nasty, itchy, dry, flaky skin we first need to follow a few guide lines.

Simple guide lines we can all follow easily…

10 top tips for caring for your Dry Skin

  • Throw out those harsh soaps; they are robbing your skin of moisture.
  • Have warm baths or showers. (Not hot)
  • After bathing, do not rub hard on your skin with a towel but pat dry and apply  moisturiser
  • Turn the thermostat down – or use a humidifier
  • When out in the cold protect your face and hands with a scarf and gloves
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Get more sleep
  • Reduce Stress by taking time to relax or doing Yoga
  • Eat Fruit and Vegetables (especially with vitamin A)
  • Follow a natural dry skin treatment regime
Tried and Tested Dry Skin Care

I’ve had problems with dry, sensitive skin on my face for years and the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar has already dramatically improved my skin. I started out with the free therapy bar, and it made such a difference I purchased more. It leaves my skin feeling soft, clean and moisturised, and I will never go back to chemical laced products, natural is the way to go for me now.

We suggest that you follow this Natural Dry Skin Care Regime…..

Wash, Bathe or Shower using the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar which is not only deeply moisturising but contains a mix of healing properties that will restore your skin to its former glory.

Morning and night apply the Skin Revitaliser which magically rehydrates and moisturises dry skin.

These products do not contain any harsh chemicals, parabens, steroids or petroleum and are not tested on animals. They are Tried and Tested on humans to provide Dry Skin Care solutions.

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Diet and Eczema

EczemaIt’s no secret that eczema sufferers generally have a genetic predisposition to the condition. It’s pretty unavoidable and very irritating. However, there are other factors that can contribute towards the severity of the condition, and what you eat is one of them.

No research has definitively proved a connection between Diet and Eczema but many sufferers swear that there is a connection.

Do I have a Food Allergy?

While eczema is not an allergy in itself, if you suffer with a food allergy then eczema can actually be a symptom of this food allergy. As many as one in three eczema sufferers respond to food triggers, suggesting how significantly important a good, healthy, clean diet could be when it comes to your all-round health.

It can be that it might be a Food Allergy which usually appears quite quickly after eating the danger food or a Food Intolerance which is affects your body gradually.

Food, food, food…

Many eczema sufferers have found that a simple change their diet could have massive impacts on the symptoms of their eczema. It may work for some and not others, but it’s worth a try right?

The following foods have been found to be the biggest culprits when it comes to aggravating eczema:

  • Milk
  • Nuts
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
  • Preservatives

Certain foods (such as the above) prevent our bodies from producing proper enzymes required to break down proteins and sugars, making the skin more fragile and vulnerable to eczema.

Put it to the test…

To find out whether your body suffers from the connection between Diet and Eczema, you might want to put it to the test.

Try out an elimination diet. Remove the suspected food allergen/intolerance from your diet and observe whether this makes a difference to your eczema or not. You might want to keep a food journal to keep track of what foods you have elimated. Yes, it’s a lot of hard work and pateince, but in the long run it could be extremely worthwhile.

You could also go to your local GP and request and allergy test, although you may want to note that they cannot detect food intolerances, only allergies.

Treatment

Of course it is important to tackle the root cause of your eczema but it is also necessary to treat any existing eczema symptoms you are suffering with.

The Syrinx Za Natural Emollient Cream is a natural chemical-free emollient containing Sapropel and Argan Oil, ingredients that are able to work together to draw impurities from the skin and relieve the symptoms of eczema. It uses the ancient healing powers of Sapropel and Argan to soothe and rehydrate the skin, whilst removing any toxins. It is a gentle emollient for the face, ears, neck and other sensitive areas, and ideal for sensitive skin of any age.

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Acne and Dairy

acne and dairyDairy is a relatively difficult food group to avoid. Think milk, cheese, ice cream… they’re just about everywhere.

The link between Acne and Dairy is thought to be so strong that removing dairy from your diet could actually be just about the best thing you can do for your condition even though all our lives we were told how great milk is for us, not the case when it comes to acne.

Why is Dairy bad for Acne?

Milk and other dairy products contain a hormone called IGF-1 which, when consumed by humans, can really inflame the skin and cause acne to significantly worsen. Dairy products also cause an insulin spike in humans that can cause the liver to produce IGF-1 and add to the problem.

Acne and Dairy are also a bad mix thanks to dairy’s ability to make the body produce an increased amount of sebum (natural oil). An increase of sebum in the body can lead to clogged pores and bacteria problems leading to skin issues such as, you guessed it, acne!

Dairy also has a tendency to glue together dead skin cells within the pores, blocking them from exiting naturally and causing an almighty clog, giving another reason for acne to make an unwelcome appearance.

Give up milk and other dairy products

It may not be the easiest solution but it certainly is the most simple and effective. Cut out the food group altogether. Acne and Dairy is a risky relationship and unfortunately not worth the taste of pizza and cream cheese.

Gradually cut out milk and dairy over a few weeks and see if it makes a difference to your skin. Going cold turkey on dairy isn’t necessarily the easiest task but your skin will be thanking you in no time!

How to continue treating Acne to keep your skin clear

The common misconception about natural oils is that they are actually a cause of acne but this is entirely false – as bizarre as it may sound, using the correct oils can gently tackle and reduce acne very effectively. Syrinx Za’s Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar contains a mixture of oils including olive, castor and coconut, as well as turmeric and beeswax. This combination produces a rich, aromatic lather that locks in moisture and has healing antiseptic qualities.

Follow our Four Step Acne Treatment that just includes using the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar, and notice the difference.  After following this advice you will hopefully not have to use the words Acne and Dairy in the same sentence again!

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Reasons for a Sore Scalp

reasons for a sore scalpThere are a variety of possible Reasons for a Sore Scalp, ranging in seriousness. A sore scalp can really affect a person’s quality of life. Day to day life becomes quite uncomfortable and difficult. Simple things such as sleeping, washing, brushing your hair and even can be very challenging for a sufferer of scalp soreness.

So what are the reasons for your sore scalp? Could there be an underlying cause? And how do you go about treating it?

Why do I have a sore scalp?

Yes, there is a chance your sore scalp could be indicating a more serious condition, but chances are it may just be down to quite a basic issue.

Simple problems such as dry skin, excessive scratching/brushing and overly-tight hairstyles are the main Reasons for a Sore Scalp. Well, we say simple – dry skin issues can be anything but simple, but it certainly isn’t much to worry about.

More intense conditions can lead to a sore scalp, in which case a GP may need to be consulted…

A fungal infection such as ringworm could be the root reason for scalp soreness. Ringworm could also come with other symptoms such as redness, itching or even pus-filled sores. A doctor would need to diagnose such a condition.

Acne could also be behind scalp soreness. Not many people would assume that your scalp can suffer from acne as well as the face but it is actually quite a common place for the condition to appear. A sufferer of oily skin or dandruff could be vulnerable to acne, and special shampoos may be required to treat this type of scalp soreness.
Psoriasis is a condition that could also cause a very sore scalp. It can appear in patches of inflamed, itchy, red, scaly and sore skin. The scalp is a fairly common area for psoriasis to appear so specialised shampoos and conditioners are available to treat it.

Treatment options

As many of the Reasons for a Sore Scalp can be treated by yourself at home, it’s time for you to find good scalp products in order to do so.

Syrinx Za’s Hair and Scalp Combo are formulated to treat and reduce the symptoms of an sore scalp, whatever the reason for it may be.

The 3 piece products are based around our key ingredient, Sapropel. Sapropel has the unique ability to detoxify the scalp, drawing out impurities that may be causing the soreness, and provide a moisture-rich array of vitamins and minerals that work to restore the scalp back to its optimum health.

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Dry Hair with Split Ends

Dry Hair with Split EndsSplit ends can ruin any otherwise good hair day. They occur when the hair is in need of moisture and are a very common side effect of dry hair.

Dry Hair with Split Ends is certainly not how anybody would want to describe their hair, but unfortunately it is very common, particularly in this day and age.
Fortunately there are ways to protect your hair and prevent split ends becoming too much of a problem.

What are Split Ends?

Dry hair lacks the soft texture and shine of healthy, moisturised hair, and can appear brittle, frizzy and straw-like. Split ends occur when the protective cuticles at the end of your hair is destroyed thanks to this dryness and causes your hair to split into two or three strands.

They are a common side effect of dried out hair and can appear for a number of reasons. Handling your hair in a rough manner, such as excessive brushing and too much sun or dry air, can strip your hair of moisture and lead to Dry Hair with Split Ends. Heat can be your hair’s worst enemy when it comes to split ends, as using heated styling products such as straighteners, hairdryers and curlers, or washing your hair with hot water, can lead to dried out, frazzled hair. You may even need to consider what you eat – a diet lacking in essential vitamins can cause split ends according to the National Institutes of Health.

Chemicals such as bleach in hair dye products or chlorine from swimming pools can also provoke dry hair and split ends.

How to Prevent Split Ends

Reducing how often you are washing your hair or using heat products and chemical treatments could, of course, help to prevent the symptoms of Dry Hair with Split Ends , but it really isn’t always possible to avoid every contributing factor.

A good, hydrating conditioner that is designed to help dry and damaged hair could very swiftly get to work on your split ends.

The Syrinx Za Conditioner is very effective in treating dry hair and split ends. It has an instantaneous effect on the condition of the hair which means results can be seen (and felt) straight away. It provides the hair with intense moisture and hydration, giving it strength and lustre and keeping those persistent split ends at bay. Its key natural ingredient, Sapropel, soothes and replenishes the hair and gives it the vitamins and minerals it needs to be restored to its optimum health.

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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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Dog Allergy Symptoms

Dog Allergy SymptomsMan’s ultimate best friend – the dog. Families all around the world fully consider their canine pet as a treasured member of the family, often treating them with as much affection as they would their own children. The popularity of dogs means avoiding them isn’t always the easiest thing. In fact, as many as 40% of USA households own a dog.

So what do you do when you fear you’re suffering with Dog Allergy Symptoms?

How do I know if I’m allergic to dogs?

The symptoms of a dog allergy can vary but generally match up to those of other nasal allergies. They can include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Runny, stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy rash

These symptoms can be worsened by other factors including tobacco smoke, car fumes or any other surrounding allergens such as pollen.

Symptoms of a dog allergy can range in severity, so for some they may become more severe than others. For sensitive skin sufferers, something as small as a dog’s lick can make their skin break out almost instantly.

How can I treat my Dog Allergy Symptoms?

If you own a dog and suspect it may be the cause of your allergy symptoms, then you may want to put it to the test. Remove your dog from your home for a period of time and see if it makes a difference to your symptoms. If not, then you may need to start thinking about what else could be causing your symptoms.

If your symptoms do noticeably improve in the absence of your dog, or if you do not own a dog yourself yet suffer from an allergy to them, then it’s important you start to consider your treatment options. Always visit your local GP to confirm your allergy before taking any steps in treating it.

Maintaining a clean, hygienic household could help eliminate dog dander from your house and reduce your Dog Allergy Symptoms. Regularly wash your bedding, clothing and even furniture.

Syrinx Za’s Ultra-Sensitive Cream, Therapy Balm, Emollient, and Therapy Bar all contain Sapropel, a hydrating natural ingredient that has proven to effectively treat the effects a dog allergy may have on the skin.

Alternatively, you may find one product works better for you than the other as everyone’s skin is different, so try them out and see which works best for you. When suffering with a dog allergy, replacing the Ultra-Sensitive Cream or Therapy Balm with the Emollient may be more effective in reducing allergy symptoms. However some have found that just using the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar is enough to ease their symptoms completely.

For best results, apply every morning and night – and during the day if patches flare up.

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Tips for Managing Oily Skin

Tips for Managing Oily SkinOily skin has a nasty habit of ruining an otherwise good day. If you are an oily skin sufferer yourself then you will understand just how irritating a constant shine to your skin can become and we know you will appreciate our tips for managing oily skin.

Skin needs a certain level of oil in order to be healthy but oily skin occurs when the sebum glands overproduce this oil. There a number of factors that are thought to cause oily skin symptoms including hormones, genes, diet and even humidity.

Oily Skin Tips…

Many products claim to be able to eliminate and reduce the excess oil within your skin but, thanks to many of the hidden ingredients, can actually cause irritation and make oily skin even worse.

We know you can fight your hormones or genes so, as promised, here are our Tips for Managing Oily Skin.

  • Always follow a washing-moisturising regime. This is a crucial step in reducing the symptoms of oily skin and should be done on a daily basis.
  • Lukewarm water is more effective in dissolving the oil so always try to get water to this kind of temperature before washing.
  • Use a mild, all natural soap. Soaps with harsh chemicals can irritate the skin and cause an overproduction of oil to occur, perhaps even worse than it was to begin with.
  • Do not over wash – once a day is enough to keep your skin healthy.
  • Never go to sleep with makeup on as you are putting your skin at risk of clogged pores and excessive oil production. Your skin needs time to breathe.
  • Stick to a healthy diet – avoid greasy foods and make sure you always have veggies or fruit on your plate!
  • Opt for a natural moisturiser. It may not make sense to apply moisturiser to oily skin but it is important to replace the moisture that is removed while cleansing.
  • Regularly exfoliate. Oily skin tends to have a layer of dead skin cells that have been built up on the surface of the skin. Exfoliation can remove this build up while reducing clogged pores and keeping the skin smoother.
  • Drink plenty of water to detoxify your body and keep your skin healthy and clear.

Everyone’s skin is different…

After following our Tips for Managing Oily Skin you may be on the lookout for some natural products to treat your skin with.

The Syrinx Za Therapy bar is a great alternative to harsh, chemical-filled soaps and is very beneficial when used on oily skin. Use it as you would a soap to detoxify your skin while keeping it deeply cleansed.

We also offer a natural Emollient, Skin Revitaliser and Balm to be used as a moisturising support for your skin. We know that everyone’s skin is different so you may want to try all three of our moisturising products for 2 weeks at a time to find which works best for you.

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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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