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Not so much a spa as a skin clinic, GKAY is the place to get skin into shape for those who can pass on the frills. Hidden on the ground floor of an unmarked Upper East Side building, it feels like a secret society headed by aesthetician Gail Kay. Curious clients who’ve exhausted the edible-sounding masks and treatments at more froufrou places have become Kay’s core clients, usually upon the glowing recommendations of friends. At the center of the practice is the proprietress’s preemptive, nutrition-based approach to solving skin issues like rosacea, acne, and wrinkles. First, she sits clients down with a glass of lemon-orange juice and talks over their less-than-stellar eating and exercise habits: dairy, fish, processed foods—it’s written all over the face, she’ll say. After offering a few tidbits of dietary advice, Kay calculates the appropriate procedure and goes to work in the spa’s single treatment room. Though most clients come in search of a standard facial, she usually convinces them to try her multi-strength chemical peels—a signature service—instead. Kay also sells her customized line of skin-care products and makeup, although she isn’t pushy with it. In fact, clients usually walk away with a handful of complimentary samples.
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