Get Ready To Become Obsessed With HeyDay, NYC's Favorite Facial Bar
I've never been one to go for regular facials. I may be all things beauty obsessed, but my struggle with acne has made me hesitant of going to spas or estheticians for fear of being pressured to buy whatever products they are going to push on me or being made to feel terrible about my skin.
But after a stressful few weeks at work last winter, I decided to visit this cute facial shop I saw on Instagram that was down the street from my office, and that was when my obsession with HeyDay began.
Facial bars are New York City's newest obsession, and they are popping up all over the city, but out of all of the places I've tried over the past few months, HeyDay is by far my favorite. From the minute you walk in to their NoMad, Tribeca, or Upper East Side location, you feel like you've stepped inside of an Instagram wellness wonderland, with natural beauty products arranged on tables and book shelves with succulents and potted plants, low lighting and calming blue tones on the walls and chairs, and none of that typical spa music that sounds like you're wandering through a rain forest. HeyDay feels luxurious without making you feel out of place, and their staff is always friendly, which is such a rarity in New York City. (Plus, there is a blow dryer in the bathroom just in case you need to touch up your hair, which is a genius idea!)
While a relaxing lobby and friendly staff are great aspects of HeyDay, one of the best things about HeyDay is the facial area. Beyond the lobby is a large room with about 8 different pods, sectioned off from either other by small walls and there are two long curtains that you close behind you instead of doors, so the space feels more open. There is a spa bed in the center for you to lie on, and a phone charger in the corner which is a life saver when you are running around all day and need a quick charge during your facial.
They have three different kinds of time slots you can choose for your facial—30 minutes, 50 minutes, and 75 minutes, ranging from $60-$135. Each experience is customized to your skin type, with your "skin therapist" determining which of their all natural products to use on your face. This is something I particularly enjoy because my skin's condition changes every day, so each visit allows me to give my skin what it needs on that day, not a facial routine that they give everyone else. If you are looking for a little extra pampering during your facial, you can add special enhancements, like microdermabrasion, skin peels, and LED light therapy. I am OBSESSED with their LED light therapy enhancement, and use it every two weeks when I visit. The specialized lights stimulate the skin, and different colors provide different benefits. I use the red and blue lights on my acne scarring, and by the next day I can already see a difference. The enhancement is by far the most effective acne scar treatment I have ever used, and a total game changer for any acne sufferers like myself who struggle to find a way to handle their scars. I know that the idea of putting lights on your skin sounds like a made up remedy, but seriously, it works wonders!
I always look forward to my HeyDay facial, knowing that I can take a 30 minute nap during my lunch break while my skin gets cleaned, cleared, and pampered. It not only does wonders for my skin, but it calms my anxiety and re-energizes me for the rest of the day, which is a game changer when you have a stressful 9-5 job. Whether you are a NYC local looking for a new pampering place or a tourist looking to add some R&R to your bustling city trip, you need to book yourself a HeyDay facial!
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