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The Beauty Haul Diaries: Dr Galyna Selezneva

The esteemed Dr Rita Rakus Clinic, located a stone’s throw from Harrods, has won a coterie of loyal visitors thanks to Dr Galyna Selezneva’s body-contouring wizardry and vivacious bedside manner.

Hailing from Ukraine, Dr Galyna comes from a long lineage of surgeons. Supremely personable, Dr Galyna initially trained as a psychologist, before turning her attention to treating both the body and mind through non-invasive cosmetic procedures earning her the accolade of London’s Cool-Sculpting queen.

An avid traveller, Dr Galyna had visited most of Europe by the age of 15. Now, she is quite philosophical about the meaning of travel: “it allows you to helicopter yourself out of your every day routine, take stock of what you want to achieve, and appreciate what you are returning to”.

From forgoing beach dresses for her favourite full-size products to drinking 4L of water to combat jet lag, this is how Dr Galyna does beauty on the move.

What are your must-do beauty rituals or treatments before you travel?

I try to maintain a consistent approach to beauty, which means I’m ready to go at any moment! My must-haves are: manicure, pedicure, waxing, and eyebrow-shaping. I also prepare my skin. A couple of weeks before I travel I make sure I exfoliate and hydrate as much as I can.

How do you adapt your beauty regime when you travel?

My secret is multitasking products. For example, cleansers that can be left on for 5-10 minutes to act as masks – magic! Another cheat is sheet masks that can be packed flat and have no impact on your luggage allowance.

Do you prefer to pack travel minis or full-size beauty staples? And why?

The environmental impact of travel minis stops me; I would compromise an extra dress to allow more space for my skincare products.

Do you have a regular plane beauty routine?

One thing that people don’t realise is the impact of UV rays while you’re on board – the exposure is very high. I make sure to wear SPF, and reapply if it’s over four hours flight. I always use extra hydration and I drink lots of water while on board. Another little tip is cuticle oil, I find my nail bed dehydrated after a flight.

How do you unwind when travelling?

I start with few days of digital detox. I admit I’m obsessed with local markets and finding the best spots for local cuisine – I turn any holiday into a culinary exploration. This helps he unwind, but also is the best way to understand the culture and integrate.

How do you overcome jet-lag skin/eyes when you land?

Water-hydration is key! I drink 3/4 litres a day. Lymphatic drainage is what we all need to consider. Light exercise and hydration will help. Sauna and steam rooms are useful as well, but don’t overdo it as hot steam can dry out the skin.

What’s your favourite country to shop for home-grown beauty products?

Charcoal eye liner in Morocco. That was a revelation! I might not use it often, but it came in most beautiful traditionally decorated case.

What’s been your favourite vacation spa so far?

My husband proposed to me in Bali and our villa had a private spa suite with daily facials and massages.

What are your top beauty tips when travelling?

SPF for both skin and hair! We do forget to protect the hair against sun damage. With regards to make up, ditch the foundation for a highlighter. All the happy hormones and sun-kissed skin creates the glow.

What’s at the top of your beauty wish list right now?

A beauty fridge. I dream of a cold jade roller in the morning (I keep mine under cold water for few minutes), ice-cold eye creams, and freezing de-puffing eye patches. It’s a game changer.


Travel light or over-packer?

Over packer! Shamelessly…

Hand luggage essential?

Book, moisturiser, and sanitiser.

Spa facial or massage?


Vacation air-dry or blow-dry?

Air-dry for the day but I do love to blow dry for the evening.

Skincare wipes, yes or no?


Faux tan or au naturel?

None. I stay in shade and with SPF 50, all over.

Desert island product…

An unlimited supply of SPF!

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