Inside Victoria Beckham’s Luxury Health Retreat in Germany

The fashionista visited Lanserhof Tegernsee in Munich for a weeklong detox that included drinking moon water.

Just like the rest of us, celebrities need a little break once in a while. But their R&R retreats look a bit different than ours. Case in point: Victoria Beckham’s recent getaway to the Lanserhof Tegernsee health retreat in Munich, Germany.

The former Spice Girl shared on social media recently that she visited the luxury wellness center for a “week’s detox.” In addition to sharing that she drank moon water, went cycling through the mountains, and ate completely clean meals as part of the facility’s FX Mayr philosophy, Beckham also showed off the luxurious amenities and modern design of the resort.

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The Ultimate Spa Treatment in Cannes

Hotel Martinez’s wellness hideaway spa L.RAPHAEL debuts two new luxe treatments during the Cannes Film Festival.

Chopard jewels regularly help A-listers like Julianne Moore, Chloe Sevigny and Elle Fanning sparkle on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet, but now, thanks to a new spa treatment, they can do the same for tired skin. The jewelry house, one of the official partners of the Cannes Film Festival, has teamed with Hotel Martinez’s L.RAPHAEL spa on the Diamond Powder Mask, which combines Chopard’s “diamond powder” and L.Raphael’s anti-aging Cure-C nutraceuticals. 

L.RAPHAEL founder and president Ronit Raphael calls the collaboration with Chopard’s Caroline Scheufele “very special.” She adds: “This marks the first time a luxury jewelry brand has collaborated with a luxury beauty brand.” The powder acts as an exfoliator to remove dead cells from the skin’s outer layers, opening up the pores for deeper penetration of the active ingredients in the Cure-C formula, which boosts collagen production, minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, reduces pigmentation and brightens the skin. “It’s the perfect mask to prepare your skin and show off your perfect glow on the red carpet,” says Raphael. But it’s not for everyone: The diamond mask is an exclusive offering to VIP talent.

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Giving a damn about the planet has actually made me care for myself more

Confession time: I have well and truly been swept up in the wave of environmental change. 2018 has been the year people started becoming woke about our negative impact on this planet (looking at you plastic) and I am here for it. I knew I’d become a greener person when I started making changes in my own lifestyle, but what I didn’t realise is that I would find a new self-love and start caring about my body more.

What’s going in

Your body is your temple right? Well the outside of my temple looked better (although also a matter of opinion haha) than the inside for most of my life, until I started down the path of least impact. I started doing some reading about the dangers of plastic and realised that it’s not just bad for the environment, but also bad for your body. I had scoffed at everyone who said not to heat up your leftovers in plastic containers in the microwave because they leak chemicals. I thought it was bogus and they were trying to stop me eating my delicious leftover pad thai, but it turns out it’s not! In fact, turns out there are so many harmful things on our foods and food storage containers and I while won’t bore you to death with all the stats, highly recommend doing some reading of your own on it.

So how did I start treating my insides better? I looked at food labels and if I didn’t know what an ingredient was, I didn’t buy it. I stopped buying microwave meals (I live alone don’t judge me). I also stopped heating up my leftovers in plastic containers, now it’s only glass or microwave safe plastic (they’re not the best choice but they are still a better choice). One other change I made is to become mostly vegetarian. Don’t run away! It works! I don’t cook meat in my house and I meal prep so at least 15 meals a week are vego. Ethics aside, meat consumption is hard on the environment and many health experts believe too much meat can lead to abnormal cell growth (read: cancer). To me, it’s a no brainer to cut back and only have meat as a treat. It still shocks me sometimes, but I do genuinely give a crap what I put in my body now. I’m healthier by default and feel so much more appreciative of this vessel that’s carrying me through life.

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Nail Lamps: An Insiders Look

I see “Wellness”, “Women’s Health”, “Products that Promote Youtful & Healthy Skin,” over and over again and I’m so happy the spa industry has my back and wants me to visit their spas and leave with my skin in better shape than it was when I entered. 

But if this same spa was having me put my hand under a nail lamp that emits UVA radiation and this spa tells me this UVA radiation isn’t going to harm my skin, I would be confused because we know without any argument, UVA light contributes to skin damage.

We also know, whether or not the amount of light is a little or a lot, UVA exposure and it’s harm to our skin is cumulative, so even a little will eventually become a lot.

We know too, that if there is a warning posted in the instructions of our equipment, it’s best we heed this warning. 

Well, there are warnings posted in the lamp manufacture’s directions.  These state if a customer has been exposed to a sensitizing agent, they must protect their skin while using the lamp.

Since there are over 100 substances that may render someone sensitive to light without their knowledge, how would the spa be able to figure it out? 

According to Dr. Chris Adigun, a dermatologists, “Sadly, most people have no idea that they have increased UV sensitivity-whether it is due to a medication, supplement, or medical state.  They may or may not see the potential damages immediately after an exposure to an UV lamp, but will suffer the consequences from the cumulative exposure at an accelerated rate as compared to an individual without UV sensitivity.”

And Doug Schoon, Chief Scientist & Co-Chair of the NMC states, “Nail technicians should heed ALL manufacturers warnings and follow ALL directions and recommendations. That is their professional responsibility. I have served as an expert witness in legal matters related to salons for more than 20 years, and in every case that I’ve seen where the nail technician was found at fault, is was always because they didn’t do this.”

Making sure the customer’s skin is not damaged during a beauty service is a good thing.  We should make sure that starts happening during gel services, right?

Renee Albera


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Forming Your Corporation

BY: Renee H. Martin Spa owners are among the most successful entrepreneurs in business today. Ensuring business success and protecting you personally, as well as your spa business, begins by forming the right legal entity through which you conduct your spa business. Business incorporation is dictated by state laws that govern professional licensure and or business formation. So how do you what kind of corporation or legal entity to form?   While there is no such thing as a “perfect” entity, the go to option for most businesses today is the “LLC” or limited liability corporation.  An LLC is attractive to many spa business owners because it provides personal liability protection, as well as ease in maintenance and broad flexibility in terms of taxation and structure.

Forming an LLC generally means registering your LLC with your state’s corporation bureau. Your filing will cost a nominal fee and likely require the filing an “operating agreement” or its articles of organization. I recommend the use of an operating agreement-especially if you will be forming the LLC with another person or member- to set forth the governance of the LLC, such as with voting, allocation of profits/losses, compensation, and management of the LLC.

For tax purposes, an LLC is treated as a “pass through entity” — that is, the profits and losses go directly to the owners. The LLC allows you to elect to be taxed as a C-Corporation or an S-Corporation. An accountant can help decide which tax election to make. After your corporation or LLC is formed, the next step is to file an application for a federal tax ID number with the IRS.

Liability protection may be the biggest attraction in forming an LLC because it generally protects your personal assets if there is litigation or bankruptcy of your company. This immunity is not absolute. If you are grossly negligent, engage in a fraud or commit a crime, then you will likely not get that limited liability protection. 

For the most part, limited liability protection is very powerful.  Creating an LLC, especially in the early stage of business formation, can provide you with greater confidence moving forward. Just remember to do your homework first and get the help you need to form the LLC.

Renee H. Martin, JD, MSN, RN

Health Care Attorney

With a strong foundation of medical knowledge due to her advanced nursing degree, Renee H. Martin, JD, RN, MSN specializes in protecting medical and aesthetic spas and helping them navigate the vast array of federal and state regulations they are required to follow. Medical spas present a unique challenge in the practice of law because they combine both multidisciplinary clinical practices with the traditional non-medical aspects of a day spa. Each has their own set of strong regulations, and when combined, medical spa owners can accidentally put themselves in dangerous legal territory if they’re not careful.

Renee aims to help her clients properly follow legal requirements and keep their businesses operating so they can give their customers the high-quality treatments they deserve. She has worked with many medical and aesthetic spas, healthcare entrepreneurs, allied health providers, behavioral health specialists, life coaches, substance use professionals, alternative-energy providers, and organizations that work to address obesity and functional movement. Renee also has an extensive background is licensure, HIPAA compliance, and risk management for medical providers–a vital asset to any medical business, both new and well-established. A seasoned professional with over __ years of experience in healthcare and corporate law, Renee channels her experience and in-depth knowledge to solve some of the toughest problems her clients face.  

The medical spa field is under careful scrutiny by various agencies of government and if business owners aren’t careful, they can dive directly into legal trouble which could cost them thousands of dollars and shut down their business. With Renee Martin in their corner, businesses can confidently be sure that she will fight for them to keep their doors open and continue serving customers that need their help.

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Movers and Shakers: Sienna Creasy

Today we talk to Sienna Creasy the founder of

Tells about how you got to where you are today.

Sienna: My journey began as healing artist studying Thai Yoga Massage in Thailand and Ayurveda and Yoga in India. Coming into the industry as a practitioner first helped me to understand the passion for Spa from the ground up. I have worked with the most prestigious boutique resort in Jamaica, Goldeneye as Spa director at the FieldSpa creating a signature product line and opened Jamaicas largest luxury Spa and the Caribbeans largest Himalayan Salt Lounge. You will find me in deep meditation and on the dance floor within the same day, there is so much to celebrate in life. Hopefully we will meet somewhere in the world, I teach internationally and my trademarked Reggaelates is a class to remember!

What are some things you have learned being in business?

Sienna: I have learned that no matter what I always have something to learn, that this industry has the most passionate people and that spa and wellness can be closely integrated with revenue and return when you plan ahead!

I Got Four Facials During One Week in Seoul, and My Skin Has Never Looked Better

Before traveling to Seoul, South Korea, last month, K-pop stars fully hyped up facials available there for me. Tiffany Young once told me she used to visit her dermatologist once a week for a treatment. During a short video interview with SF9, members also repeatedly told me they swear by Korean facials. Needless to say, I knew getting a facial would be one of the first things I did once I landed in South Korea. During my one-week stay, I ended up getting four, in total. (Disclaimer: Dermatologists recommend only getting one facial a month, but when in Seoul, as they say.)

Of course, innovative facials of the acupuncturecryotherapygemstone, and Hydra varieties exist in America. You can also get treatments with unexpected ingredients, like saltweed, and champagne. But most take place in a spa and the overall experience is basically the same: you tuck yourself into a special bed while an aesthetician goes to town on your face.

In Seoul, facials go beyond the confines of day spas and holistic centers. I ended up at a public bathhouse, a “life center,” and a Korean traditional medicine spa. Although I spent a lot of time in dermatologists’ offices while in Seoul to learn more about acne treatments and injectable trends, I decided to forgo the hyped-up medical facial because breakouts haven’t been my skin’s major concern lately. Keep scrolling to find out more about my week of facials in Seoul.

1. Full Body Experience

My formidable first moments in Seoul were spent as most in life are: naked. I got to the city late Saturday night, and at 10 a.m. the next morning, I made my way to Sparex, a jjimjilbang (or public bathhouse) located in a basement across the street from the Dongdaemun Design Plaza.

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Steaming off in a beauty spa

In the 21st century life has become so hectic and people are juggling with a lot of things, getting exposed to serious pressure.

The times we live in make us want to escape into another world every so often, even if it’s just for a few hours, to shut off from external stimulation.

This urgent need to “get away”, especially in the urban scenario, is becoming an increasing reality.

So what do you do?

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