A Review of Jacuzzi’s Clearlight Sanctuary Infrared Sauna

Hi guys, today I’m talking about one of the newest items we’ve incorporated into our health routine – the full spectrum infrared sauna by Jacuzzi!

Saunas have been around for centuries, with the oldest dating back to around the 1100s. These days they’re mostly found in health clubs and spas, but companies like Jacuzzi have made it possible for you to also enjoy them in the comfort of your own home!

After spending hours researching and comparing brands, we decided on Jacuzzi’s Clear Light Sanctuary model.

This is a full spectrum infrared sauna that features cleverly placed Low EMF True Wave™ Full Spectrum heaters in the front, on the back wall, side wall, under the bench, next to your calves, and in the floor. This placement helps to concentrate the heat evenly on your body, surrounding you with high quality infrared heat.

The size of this model is not overpowering, and it can still comfortably fit my husband and I. This model is meant for one person, but we do sit in it together (for reference I am 5’0” and my husband is 5”11”). We chose the classic cedar wood finish, which smells amazing when it heats up!

One of my favorite features is the ability to play music, audiobooks, etc. through the overhead speakers. There’s also a power source to use other devices (like an iPad or salt therapy device, which we purchased separately), as well as the ability to use essential oils for aromatherapy during your sessions. 

The touch screen pad is also super convenient for controlling temperature, time, and lighting.

So What Exactly Is Infrared?

Infrared radiation is an invisible form of electromagnetic energy, and it’s wavelength is longer than that of visible light. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4935255/

Infrared radiation is categorized according to wavelength:

Near infrared (wavelength of 0.8–1.5 µm)

  • Penetrates the deepest
  • This is the wavelength most often used in procedures to help speed healing and increase cellular repair, due to it’s ability to stimulate ATP production

Middle infrared (wavelength of 1.5–5.6 µm)

  • Helps to bring more oxygen to areas needing healing
  • Can increase heart rate and metabolism

Far infrared (wavelength of 5.6–1000 µm)

  • Close to the wavelength of heat given off by our bodies
  • Said to help increase energy in the body and help in removal of toxins through sweating, urine, and feces
  • Various studies have shown that far infrared has the ability to increase artery blood flow and peripheral blood circulation, improve endothelial cell function, alleviating fatigue and pain,  reduce blood pressure, and promote capillary dilatation Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4935255/

The Clear Light Sanctuary uses a combination of all three to provide the greatest benefits.

In addition to infrared heat, the sauna also surrounds you with medical grade chromotherapy lighting. You have the option to select an individual color or use the “auto” mode to have the unit cycle through the all of the colors. 

Final Thoughts

After completing multiple sessions, I would say that the Jacuzzi line of saunas are well-built, comfortable, and effective. They’re a great option for personal sauna use, and I recommend browsing their website to learn more about the benefits of infrared and the technology that goes into all of their saunas.

Until Next Time!

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Where to Stay in Panama City, Panama: A Review of The JW Marriott Panama

When deciding on a Christmas vacation this year, we were torn between another Europe trip or something a little different. My husband wasn’t too keen on another cold location, but I’ll never grow tired of the coziness of Europe during the holidays. 🙂 After a bit of research we settled on Panama City, Panama; something warm, filled with nature activities, and unlike other locations we’ve visited for Christmas.

We stayed at the JW Marriott Panama, a beautiful 5-star hotel located in the heart of the city. The location was convenient and the amenities were perfect for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday stay. Click through for a review and pics of our stay! Continue reading “Where to Stay in Panama City, Panama: A Review of The JW Marriott Panama”

Asheville, NC For The Holidays: A Review of Cedar Crest Inn

Asheville places to stay, bed and breakfasts asheville, Asheville NC for Christmas, Visiting Asheville for ChristmasChristmas is my favorite time of year, so I really wanted to experience all that Asheville had to offer for the holidays. We stayed in a cozy Victorian inn and visited the iconic Biltmore Estate for their Candlelight Tour, which was definitely a highlight of the trip. Click through for a full review on the cute and cozy Cedar Crest Inn. Continue reading “Asheville, NC For The Holidays: A Review of Cedar Crest Inn”

Top Tips For Visiting Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is one of the most unique, and most visited, sites in the world. Some say it’s over-rated, others say it’s magical…The only real way to know is to see it for yourself. We visited over the summer, and I would rate it as something worth seeing at least once in your lifetime.

To make your visit as enjoyable as possible, I’ve put together a list of 5 helpful tips for your visit –

1. Buy Your Tickets in Advance

This goes for almost anything you visit these days – but definitely buy in advance to speed up your entry time. The pre-paid lines can still get quite long, but they move faster than the lines packed with people waiting to purchase tickets. 

2. Upgrading to Premium is Only Worth it if You’re Dining at Lava Restaurant

The Blue Lagoon offers 3 packages:

Comfort (their basic package) includes –

  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
  • Silica mud mask
  • Use of towel
  • 1st drink of your choice

Premium includes everything in the Comfort package, plus –

  • Second mask of choice
  • Slippers
  • Use of bathrobe
  • Table reservation at Lava Restaurant
  • Sparkling wine if dining

Luxury: Retreat Spa includes – 

  • Four hours at the Retreat Spa
  • A private changing suite
  • Unlimited access to both the Retreat Lagoon and the Blue Lagoon

While the $600 Luxury package is an extravagant option, most visitors choose either Comfort or Premium. We were upgraded to Premium and I was excited to enjoy the extra comfort of the robe and slippers, but when we arrived I realized it was over rated. You really don’t need the slippers, and unfortunately their system for organizing towels and robes is not ideal. My robe was actually stolen from the towel/robe rack located next to the lagoon entrance – so instead of having a nice warm robe to wrap up in when I headed back to the changing room, I had to go with nothing but my swimsuit. 

When the upgrade may be worth it :

If you plan to eat at Lava Restaurant (located on the property) then upgrading to Premium may be worth it during their busier season when reservations are harder to get. The free sparkling wine with your meal is also a nice perk.  

3. Prep Your Body For Hours of Sun and Silica

This is something a lot of people don’t think of or perhaps don’t know, but silica can be pretty drying, as it draws moisture out of the skin. (In fact, those little white packets that come in gifts and food packaging aren’t just for show – they’re used to draw out moisture.) Combine the drying effects of silica with hours spent in the sun (depending on what time of year you visit) and this sets you up for possible dehydration, headaches, and drowsiness when you leave the lagoon.

To combat this, prepping beforehand can be really helpful – Drink lots of water before arriving and while you’re there. They have drinking fountains in the lagoon so you can stay hydrated without even leaving the water.

When you enter you’re required to wash off completely to remove all lotion and sunscreens – So be conscious of how long you’re in the sun and try to rotate your time in some of the shadier areas of the lagoon. Don’t forget a good pair of sunglasses, too!

4. Wear Easy to Remove Clothing and Shoes

Before entering the lagoon, everyone is required to shower and change into their swimsuit. The locker rooms get pretty crowded and if you have tight jeans, sneakers, etc. it makes the process of changing more challenging. After you get out of the water your skin also takes on a different texture due to the silica, making it hard to get tight-fitting clothes back on.  

5. Avoid Drenching Your Hair in Silica 

Silica is great for detoxing, but it can be drying to skin and hair. To avoid drying out your hair, the lagoon recommends applying their conditioner (located in the showers) before you enter the water. If you have long hair but don’t want to use the conditioner, be sure to bring a hair tie and avoid going under the water. 

6. Bring a Waterproof Phone Case

I know the title says 5 tips – but I wanted to include this because we actually forgot ours. 🙂 Needless to say, we were treading carefully in the lagoon while shooting pics with our unprotected iPhones. If you do forget a waterproof phone case and feel too nervous to take your phone in unprotected, the lagoon also sells covers (for an inflated price, of course). 

Hope you find these tips helpful..Happy Travels!

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Quick and Easy DIY – How To Prevent Jewelry From Turning Your Skin Green

Change is Good – When it’s not happening to your jewelry

The biggest downside to buying fashion or costume jewelry is that there’s always the possibility that you’ll have some fading, color change, or green skin. How disappointing is it when that beautiful necklace that you wore twice has changed into a strange brown color after sitting in your jewelry box for only a month? To help prevent or limit this type of thing from happening, here are some quick and easy tips that I picked up a few years ago –

1. Paint a thin layer of clear nail polish onto the side that will touch your skin. This is especially great for rings. The polish will add a barrier between your skin and the metal, helping to prevent the reaction that causes your skin to turn green. If the jewelry piece has stones or other decorations I would suggest using the nail polish ONLY on the metal areas, since the clear polish may change the look of the stones/decorations and may even damage them.

2. Use Krylon clear gloss spray on larger areas. This works well for metal necklaces or bracelets. The coating will create a seal over the metal and slow or prevent color change, fading, and green skin. Think of it like a clear coat for jewelry. 🙂

I hope you found these tips helpful; happy accessorizing!

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Master Your Mindset – Quotes to Inspire and Motivate

Our mindset is determined by what we tell ourselves each day.

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Wishing you days filled with peace, love, and light!

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Smile Brilliant At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit Review

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Today I’m reviewing a product that my husband and I recently used for our at-home teeth whitening – The Smile Brilliant T9 Whitening System.

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Grimaud – A Hidden Gem in Southern France

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Europe is one of our favorite destinations to visit, so for our most recent trip we chose Spain and Southern France. The weather this time of year is perfect, and who doesn’t love a scenic drive through the cote d’azur (aka The French Riviera). 🙂

When planning places to stay in France, my goal was to make it a true road trip to see “authentic” small towns, in addition to the usual tourist locations. I randomly chose Grimaud on a whim (actually, last minute while we were staying in Marseille) and I am so glad that I did!

Below I’m sharing lots of pictures of this beautiful countryside village. You’re sure to fall in love with it just as much as I did!  Continue reading “Grimaud – A Hidden Gem in Southern France”