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The Beauty Haul Diaries: Rachel Katzman Co-Founder Of P.volve

It’s hard to believe Rachel Katzman wasn’t always a fitness junkie. Things really began to connect for Rachel in 2015, when she began personal training sessions with Stephen Pasterino and discovered functional fitness as a new way of working out. This was the lightbulb moment which sparked the global fitness platform P.volve.

Over the past year, at-home workouts have soared, but the platform which stands out from the rest is P.volve. Perfect for those with a phobia of HIIT, P.volve offers body sculpting, limb-elongating, low-impact workouts that revolve around small, muscle-activating movements (quite like Pilates) that deliver a deep burn, but result in amazing muscle definition. Working in tandem with the classes is an intelligent line of patented equipment which has been developed for super-targeted results.

Alongside the streaming service P.volve has their original studio in New York, as well as two other studios in LA and Chicago, which remarkably they managed to launch during the pandemic – a testament to the fitness start-ups growing success.

Rachel is less regimented with her fitness routine when she travels, instead wanting to entrench herself in the culture of her surroundings. Still, the beauty of P.volve means you can work out anywhere, anytime: “I also always bring my gliders and p.bands with me when I travel.  I’ll work out for just 10-15 minutes in the morning, which really sets my body and mind up for success that day”, she adds.

Equipped with her kit of P.volve must-haves, we dive into Rachel Katzman’s travel beauty regimen.

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

A facial, mani/pedi, and a spray tan.

How do you adapt your beauty regime when you travel?

Firstly, I consider what the weather will be like where I am travelling to: is it hot, humid, tropical, or cold? From there, I will choose products accordingly. What works at home, in our normal routine, doesn’t always work in another environment.

What’s the best way to downsize your at-home beauty product haul for travel?

I always start with the must-haves first, then the nice-to-haves. I really ask myself  “am I going to use this?” This has always helped me cut out unnecessary products, and truly take what I need. Of course, there are always a few exceptions. Sometimes certain products just make me feel better knowing they are there, even if I don’t use them.


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

Minis when available. I keep my travel bag stocked up with my favourites in travel-size. Certain products I can’t live without on longer trips I will bring full-size, but I generally go for minis.

Do you have a regular plane beauty routine?

Depending on the length of the flight this varies. I never fly with make up on, I have learned this lesson the hard way. If I’m on a longer flight, I’ll do a sheet mask after take-off, then apply hydrating serums and moisturiser. I also love a great facial mist, lip balm, and eye mask.

What’s been your favourite vacation spa so far?

I love the spa at the Hotel Bel-Air in LA, probably because they use Valmont products, and I am obsessed with that brand. The hotel will always hold a special place in my heart, there is just something so relaxing and serene about it.

How do you unwind when travelling?

I try to go with the flow and not be so regimented, which is hard for me. I always say I’ll work out every day, but if I don’t, it’s ok! I really try to enjoy the company I am with, and be super present. I’ll usually block out my calendar if I am away during the work week to truly spend time with whoever I am with.

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

Paris will forever be my favourite place. I could get lost in the French pharmacies for hours.

What are your top beauty tips when travelling?

Less is more! When travelling to different climates I have found my skin will react differently to products that I use at home, so I tend to go back to basics. I love travelling with sheet masks, as they are easier to pack and take up less space. To avoid using a hot tool on my hair I love bringing hats, scarves, and accessories. I also love using contour and highlighting palettes for my eyes as well as my face, which saves space in my luggage.


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

I immediately wash my face when I get to my hotel and put on a cooling, moisturising mask for the face and eyes. I also drink lots of water.

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

Any and all at-home devices. Shani Darden’s new Facial Sculpting Wand is everything!  


Travel light or over-packer?

Over-packer, I always like to be prepared.

Spa facial or massage?


Vacation air-dry or blow-dry?

Beach = air-dry, city = blow-dry.

Faux tan or au naturel?


Desert island beauty product?

BB cream. Something sheer and dewy to give me an even glow.

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