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Battle of the Facials: Hi, skin vs. Heyday

August 29, 2023

I’m all about putting my best face forward. I’ve always taken good care of my skin, but I recently committed to getting facials on a monthly basis – as any skincare buff knows, this can help speed up skin cell turnover, leading to a brighter, glowier complexion. 

The million dollar question? Which facial studio would be worthy of my approval – and most importantly, my monthly membership? It was between two places that were both relatively near my home in Scottsdale: Hi, skin and Heyday

They’re both cute, they’re both close, and they both have a sweet intro offer. I decided I would try them both, weigh them against each other, and let my face be the deciding factor.

Which facial studio made my skin look like this?? Read on to find out! 

The Service

When you’re talking about self-care, more is more. More amenities, more bang for your buck, more precious time. The Heyday facial happens to be 50 minutes; Hi, skin’s is 60 minutes. After trying both, I will say that the extra 10 minutes in the Hi, skin facial made a HUGE difference – I really felt like I got a significant amount of additional treatment!

Heyday provides a customized facial where your “Skin Therapist” consults with you and includes skin analysis, deep cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, a mask, and finishing of toner, serum, moisturizer, sunscreen, and lip balm. Any extras will come in the form of an enhancement, which I chose not to get for my first run. I will say that it didn’t really feel like they did a whole lot to my face. Don’t get me wrong, I looked good after my facial, but aside from the extractions it all kinda felt like skincare I could do by myself in the comfort of my own home. 

Hi, skin offers what they call The Better Facial™, an “all-inclusive, customized facial.” They take place in a big open-concept room – which made me a bit shy at first, but I quickly realized that nobody was looking at anyone else; they were busy enjoying their own experience. The service included a double cleanse, enzyme exfoliation, extractions, faceFORM (a facial massage which totally rocked my world), LED Light Therapy, and a final step of serum, moisturizer, eye cream, lip balm, and SPF. They packed in a ton of treatments, but it never felt rushed! 

Spoiler: There was just something special about my Hi, skin facial. The energy in the room was electric, my esthetician was so knowledgeable, and my skin looked incredible afterwards. 

The Extras

Both Heyday and Hi, skin offer one basic facial with the option to upgrade. Hi, skin has fewer upgrades available, but also include several of Heyday’s upgrades as potential modalities you can get in your standard facial with no upcharge, including LED light therapy and gua sha. There’s also more that you can get at Hi, skin that isn’t offered at Heyday – Hi, skin offers dermaplaning and the faceFORM facial massage, which as far as I know aren’t options at Heyday. And to me, those services are a must, must, must. 

On to the details – Hi, skin gives you the option of picking from 3 different treatment boosters, each for $95: 

  • Infusion Therapy: Jet streams containing micro-droplets of concentrated serums penetrate deep below the skin
  • CryoTouch: Carbon dioxide is used on the face in conjunction with serums for a lifting and tightening effect
  • Peel Infusion: Advanced exfoliation treatment that uses jet pressure technology to improve the skin’s texture, tone, and overall appearance

Heyday’s system is a bit different; they have two tiers of enhancements: 

$50 tier. For this price, you can get one of the following:

  • A professional peel (a chemical exfoliation to help with hyperpigmentation breakouts, and fine lines)
  • LED Light therapy
  • Gua sha 

$80 tier. For this price, you can get one of the following: 

  • A hydro wand infusion for focused hydration 
  • Diamond tip dermabrasion to rejuvenate congested skin and brighten dullness
  • Microcurrent for lifting and toning
  • Nano infusion to smooth fine lines

*To be 100% real, I’m cheap and am probably not super likely to indulge in an added-on treatment when I go in for my monthly facials, but slight edge to Heyday for their greater array of enhancements and lower price.*

The Price

As I mentioned earlier, they both have pretty awesome introductory offers. Heyday Lincoln Plaza offers their first facial for $70 at a $135 value. Hi, skin Scottsdale offers their first facial for $79 at a $140 value. If you break it down per minute, the Heyday facial is 71 cents per minute, and Hi, skin’s is 75 cents per minute. The difference is pretty negligible; I’d say that if you want a first time facial for a great price, you’d be in good hands choosing either studio.

The Membership

This is where my true choice comes to play… who will get my membership? 

Hi, skin offers The Better Membership™ for $110 per month. For that price, you get The Better Facial™ (meaning that you save $30 a month on your facial!), $20 off on all treatment boosters, and 10% off all product purchases. 

Heyday’s membership is $114 per month. It gets you your monthly facial (saving a total of $21 a month), 50% off on all enhancements, and 15% off all product purchases. 

Because I’m not super likely to use the enhancements, I’m more inclined to do the Hi, skin membership. 

The Goodies

Both studios offer a wide range of products for purchase. 

Hi, skin boasts brands like 27 Rosiers, HoliFrog, Berlin Skin, LILFOX, and Leland Francis. You can shop by product type, concern, and brand on their site. They also have “solution bundles” available, particularly for acne, aging skin, combination skin, dry skin, and oily skin. Their products are all vetted by their expert team of estheticians. 

Heyday carries brands like Image Skincare, Naturopathica, Osea Malibu, Grown Alchemist, and Ursa Major. Their site allows you to shop by product type, skin condition, skin type, and brand. Every product they stock is cruelty-free. 

What I Liked Better

While I enjoyed both of my facials, I just had such a good connection with my esthetician at Hi, skin. Not to mention the inside of the location was absolutely gorgeous. Heyday was cute too, don’t get me wrong, but I loved the deep, vibrant colors and unique shapes at Hi, skin. It just felt so intentionally designed and made the treatment feel extra luxe. And I ended up really digging the open concept and energetic feel. The individual curtained-off rooms at Heyday kind of made me feel like I was being quarantined. Overall, my experience at Hi, skin was superior.

The Verdict (if it isn’t super clear by now…)

From my personal connection with my esthetician (who I’m totally NOT going to pull an Ingrid Goes West on), to the beautiful, Instagrammable interior, to the fact that I got an incredible facial massage – I have to say that Hi, skin wins. They get my membership, and I get my monthly facial :) Glazed and glowing skin, here I come!

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