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Zermatt, Kiruna, Chamonix: 5 off-beat travel destinations to beat the heat and chill this Summer

CineBlitz presents to you five off-beat locations to beat the heat and satisfy your cryophilia this Summer

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The summers and the crazy heat torment us in India. While the Southern Hemisphere enjoys their winters, we North Hemisphere-beings have to bear the the heat. Some take this opportunity to show off their bikini bods or their six-packs, but what if you have an affinity for the cold climate? Well, for all you cryophiles, we list some breath-taking places to visit this summer. Not only can you beat the heat, but you can enjoy some really picturesque and adventurous journeys. But wait, we aren’t giving out the usual hill-stations. We present to you five off-beat locations to beat the heat and satisfy your cryophilia! We are sure these places will make it to your list right away!

# Zermatt

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Zermatt. Picture courtesy: Pixabay

The Swiss city might be no Interlaken or St. Moritz, but it is so beautiful that it’ll win your heart. Zermatt is the village city at the base of the Matterhorn, which is the highest peak in the Swiss Alps. Apart from hiking and skiing, the 365-day snow-clad destination also has a fantastic nightlife. The local food and drinks will have you hooked, but it is the marvellous view of the Matterhorn that will take your breath away. In fact, climbing to the topmost base, then skiing or snowboarding down is one of the most adventurous things you’ll do in your lifetime. The mountain fun-park, open-air theatre, and the community will make this family vacation your best yet! A visit to the Matterhorn Glacier, Interlaken and St. Moritz are also extra options.

# Hnappavellir and Jökulsárlón

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Jökulsárlón. Picture courtesy: Pixabay

The Icelandic city of Hnappavellir is situated just below the highest peak of the country and is a mecca for rock climbers. The vertical cliffs and the Vatnajokull National Park will make this trip the most thrilling experience of your lifetime. It is close to the beautiful Jökulsárlón lake, which is the crown jewel of Iceland. With some stunning glaciers and icebergs, it is a sight to behold! You can spend a day at the lake, look around, or take a trip to the nearby national park. The glacier lagoon and the wildlife will make this trip an experience like never before. You can also visit the Diamond beach, which is a black sand beach with icebergs. The icebergs shine like diamonds when the sun strikes them, giving you one of the best sights you can ever witness. With temperatures ranging from -2º Celsius to 8º Celsius, this is one of the best options for cryophiles this summer.

# Kiruna

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Kiruna. Picture courtesy: Pixabay

The Northern-most town in Sweden, it is home to the world famous Ice Hotel. It is a stunning masterpiece combining impressive pieces of art carved from crystal clear ice, and the Scandinavian culture. Some lipsmacking food and the fact that you can stay in a hotel made entirely of ice, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You can also go dogsledding, witness the Northern lights, and go on an escapade to see the mythical Aurora (dancing lights). The Secret Char Lake, Abisko National Park and Sweden’s highest mountain Kebnekaise will give you the most breath taking views and pictures. In fact, you will fall in love with the Swedish Lapland if you are a hiker.

# Chamonix

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Chamonix. Picture courtesy: Pixabay

If you love mountains and mountaineering, you will love this spot in the French Alps. The ski-resort spot sandwiched between France, Switzerland and Italy, is one of the most popular destinations for adventure seekers. Apart from cross-country skiing and snowboarding, you can indulge in luging, paragliding, and several other leisure activities. The cuisine in this French city along with the panoramic views will satisfy your expedition appetite. The snow-clad city situated in the valley also has a great nightlife, which you can enjoy at local bars. You can hike up Mont Blanc, enjoy the views of the Alpine lakes, or enjoy a stroll in the adventure parks. Chamonix also has a rich heritage, being the site of the first Winter Olympics (1924). Truly a place you should visit this summer!

# Saarieslka

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Saarieslka. Picture courtesy: Pixabay

Finland is a really fantastic destination in itself, but wait till you visit Saarieslka in the north of the country! Home to the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, the North Finland hamlet is one of the most beautiful places to stay on earth, for more reasons than one. In this premium resort, you can stay in one of several glass igloos, which gives you a fantastic view of the Northern Lights. Yes, just imagine looking at the beautiful light effect right in front of your eyes, tucked in your luxury bed. For a more traditional experience, you can even book a log cabin. There are snow igloos too and this Nordic experience is like no other. The cuisine is amazing too, but the outdoor activities like skiing and reindeer rides will make this adventure even more worthwhile. You can spot several arctic animals as well as indulge in ice fishing in the village city. Cool, right? Cold, actually!

These are our picks to help you beat the heat this summer, in the most unique fashion. But these are not the only places you can visit. You can always visit Paris, London, Amsterdam, Bali, Maldives, Seychelles and several other places, which are popular summer destinations. However, these off-beat destinations we’ve listed, where you can experience winters, whilst India swelters in summer, will give you experiences like never before! Enjoy, eat, sleep, travel and repeat!

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Getting rid of Acne: Dr Vaishali Shah says go ‘The Smart Way’!

Dr. Vaishali Shah gives us the real reason why we get acne and suggests the right solutions

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Dr Vaishali Shah

Dr. Vaishali Shah is a dietician, cosmetologist and  expert in skin treatments. She is armed with the latest technologies related to microdermabrasion,  laser for skin and hair, Thermage for anti-ageing,  acne treatments, scar reduction, skin whitening with Gluta, facelifting and toning, face contouring, skin peels, Ayurveda treatment and hair treatment.

She also specialises in weight management programs like HIFU, U-lipo,  laser fat reduction , cool sculpting, cellulite therapy, breast enhancement, tummy tuck, body toning and firming and body detox. Here, she answers all our queries related to acne.

1. What are the main causes of acne in women?

Acne is mainly known as a teenagers problem but more and more people today suffer from adult acne. During teenage years, acne is developed on the T-zone area like forehead, nose and chin  whereas adults majorly get acne on the U-zone area i.e. side of the cheeks, jaws, chin and neck.  Some of the factors / causes which result in acne especially in women are:

  • Excess oil production
  • Hair follicles clogged by oil and dead skin cells
  • Bacteria
  • Hormonal changes during puberty
  • Hormone changes as an adult. The menstrual cycle is one of the most common acne triggers
  • Excessive usage of cosmetics
  • Greasy food
  • Lack of hygiene

Women often experience fluctuating hormonal changes during periods. Another reason could be stress – when a person is in stress, the body tends to produce more androgens. Other reasons for acne in adulthood could be family history, even the cosmetic product we use could create a problem of acne.

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Dr Vaishali Shah treating acne

2. What are the treatment options for acne ?

The non-prescription way to treat acne is as follows:

  • Soap and water could help reduce acne
  • Cleansers could be a better method for removing acne – they mostly contain benzoyl peroxide
  • Salicylic acid : this tends to help to correct the abnormal shedding of cells. For milder acne salicylic acid helps to resolve or prevent the acne problems
  • Alcohol and acetone
  • Herbal, organic and natural medication

The prescription treatment for acne would be:

  • Antibiotics can be used directly on the skin or can be taken orally which tends to lower the bacteria causing acne and prevent inflammation
  • Azelaic acid which comes in the form of gel or cream with anti inflammatory properties

3. How are pimples related to the monthly menstrual cycle?

Period acne differs from other acne as the pimple breakouts are on the lower half of your face, jawline and neck. Around the mid-cycle, the progesterone rises and causes  sebaceous glands in our skin to produce more sebum. Sebum is an oily substance that will get collected in skin pores, resulting in the skin becoming oily. The oil is the place where most of the bacteria grow.

4. How are acne problems related to hormonal changes?

Whether it’s that first zit as a teenager or the imbalance of your hormones, at one point in life we have all struggled with acne. Acne is a skin condition that occurs when pores become clogged by dead skin cells resulting in accumulation of sebum (aka : oil). Bacteria within the pores can also contribute to pore blockage and inflamed blemishes that contain pus.

In most of the cases, it’s the fluctuation of hormones. Hormones stimulate the oil glands to produce more sebum blocking the pores. Bacteria can then grow within the pores, causing them to become inflamed and break out.

5. Can food allergies cause acne?

Yes, food allergies also cause acne in teenagers and adults. Swelling and inflammation of the skin is one of the symptoms of allergies; acne is simply another kind of inflammation. If you notice acne appearing after you eat a particular food, you may have a food allergy.

Processed and refined foods including white bread, biscuits and sweets have a high GI (glycaemic index), which means they cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels. This triggers the production of hormones such as insulin, which we now believe can make acne worse.

6. How does exercise affect acne? Is it beneficial?

Exercise, yoga, meditation and breathing awareness are all great tools in controlling acne. In women and teenage girls, fat can convert ‘good hormones’ (oestrogens) into ‘bad hormones’ that have testosterone-like actions – a contributing factor to acne. Maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce the risk of developing acne and reduce its severity.

Exercise not only helps to lose weight or maintain your ideal weight but it reduces insulin output, which can contribute to acne. Exercise can also help to reduce stress – another cause for acne breakouts. Additionally, you can sweat out impurities and excess oil – just make sure to cleanse and wash your skin properly post workout.

7. Does regular sex improve acne related problems?

Like other forms of exercise, sex increases blood flow to the skin, which will give you a brighter complexion. The more energy expended translates to better circulation and higher blood pressure, leading to increased hydration. You can prevent menstrual acne through the energy you use in sexual activity. It improves the quality of your skin and helps in some instances to fight acne.

Sex can help to balance your hormone levels, which may help in keeping your skin clear. It improves blood circulation, which helps to deliver oxygen to your skin. There is a positive impact on your immune system which may help in fighting inflammation and infection caused by acne bacteria in your clogged pores.

8. What options are available for treating scars left by acne?

Chemical Peels: This is a body treatment technique that uses a chemical solution to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin. which eventually improves and smoothens the texture of the skin, often it’s done on the facial skin.

Jet Facial: Jet Facial reaches the inner layers of skin for instant and far superior results. It cleanses with oxygen and saline, exfoliates, boosts lymphatic drainage and provides extraction benefits. Thoroughly and deeply cleansed, skin is prepped into an optimal condition to receive further benefits from skin care.

Lasers For Scar Improvement: A scar is an unpleasant reminder of a healthy body process, created when your skin repairs a wound caused by an accident, infection, inflammation, or surgery. We use a high-powered laser to remove the top layer of skin that has been scarred. The laser also penetrates to the skin’s middle layers, tightening and smoothening the skin.

Carbon Dioxide Laser: Carbon Dioxide Laser is a treatment option for raised birthmarks, moles, scarring from acne and sun-damaged skin. There’s evidence that laser resurfacing is an effective non-surgical way of improving the appearance of acne scars and other skin conditions.

Microneedle Radiofrequency For Scars: Microneedle RF is one  of the most advanced medical technologies used for skin rejuvenation, tightening, body sculpting, and scar remodelling.  Deep or fine wrinkles, scars, blood vessels, discoloured red and brown skin tone can all be effectively treated by this treatment.

9. Tell us about the few interesting cases you successfully treated acne?

We have been treating many patients/clients for various skin, hair and weight loss related  issues. These are a few clients who took acne treatment from us and they shared their experience and feedback by revealing their before and after pictures.

Mariyam

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Mariyam: I was referred to Dr Vaishali through my friend and as per her consultation she advised me to start with acne treatment and skin lightening. I used to visit her clinic, Slim Feel Beauty Care clinic located in South Mumbai (Napean Sea road) every month and within 3 months I could see remarkable results for my acne and acne scars. My skin has become soft, clear and the acne has reduced drastically. I would like to thank Dr Vaishali and the team for helping me in the journey.

Pooja

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Pooja: I met Dr Vaishali, she patiently heard my case and recommended me the required treatment for Acne. Since then my life has changed, I could see that my acne has almost disappeared. For better results for acne scars, she recommended me to do skin lightening treatment and now I have a clear skin which is glowing and looks fresh every time I step out of the house.

Nancy

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Nancy: Dr Vaishali Shah is an amazing cosmetologist. I went for Acne and hair treatment.  She is very polite and has helped me to get rid of acne and given me hairfall treatment. Within 2-3 months I could see the difference how my skin felt, my acne reduced with the treatment and my hair fall issue has also reduced. I’m extremely happy with the results and have recommended my friends who are facing the similar issue. She is the one who suggested the right treatment and post treatment care and now my skin feels happy and the acne scars have improved drastically.

Hope you have benefited from reading Dr Vaishali Shah’s interview and now know the treatment options available for acne and skin problems. Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more health and lifestyle related articles.

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Looking stylish and elegant! Sanya Malhotra steals the show in this ivory outfit

Sanya Malhotra recently stunned everyone with her classy outfit and we surely can’t take our eyes off her.

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Sanya Malhotra

Sanya Malhotra recently stunned everyone with her classy outfit and we surely can’t take our eyes off her. After looking at these pictures, you are all set to fall in love with her style statement. She is looking absolutely gorgeous! Sanya looks chic in this multicolored print blouse with balloon sleeves paired with flared palazzo’s. The actress completed her look with a pair of statement ring and sleek hair adding to it her peachy-pink makeup.

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Apart from acing it at work with flair over her artistry, Sanya Malhotra is gaining attention for all the right reasons. The actress is impressing everyone with her bodacious dance moves and lovable personality.

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The Dangal girl is known to be the director’s actor and is always appreciated for the choice of her roles. Sanya made her debut with Bollywood’s highest-grossing movie. Since then, all the actors and directors have been praising her for her talent. The actress will now be next seen in Anurag Basu’s upcoming film. For more updates from Bollywood stay tuned to CineBlitz.

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Street Dancer 3 wrap up party: Shraddha Kapoor looks ethereal in a black outfit

Shraddha Kapoor donned a sheath dress from Dolce and Gabbana

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Shraddha Kapoor in Dolce and Gabbana for Street Dancer 3 wrap-up party; Picture Credits- Instagram

Shraddha Kapoor is one of the most in-demand actors this year and  is a part of some massive films. One of them is Remo D’souza’s Street Dancer 3 with co-star Varun Dhawan. We’ve been seeing Shraddha’s overall journey for this movie on her Instagram handle, be it the hectic shoot schedules or the long practice sessions with the team.

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Yesterday evening, the team of Street Dancer 3celebrated the wrap up party of the movie and the actress has left us stunned with her look! Kapoor wore a midi-sheath dress by Dolce and Gabbana. The dress was off-shouldered while it had sheer sleeves and a lace-up detail going on the middle of the dress. To complete the look, she did some subtle peachy make-up and left her curls open. And we must say she looks ethereal in this outfit.

Apart from Street Dancer 3, we’ll see Shraddha in Saaho with the Bahubali actor Prabhaas. Saaho’s teaser is out and it has a great response. On the other hand, she is also a part of Chhichhore and Baaghi 3. Let us know in the comments section below, what are your thoughts on Shraddha’s black outfit and stay tuned to us for updates like these.

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