By The Gay UK, Mar 27 2015 08:00PM

It is with some hesitation that I do anything to interfere with my face. Creams yes, pills yes, needles in the face in the name of a more youthful complexion? I wasn’t so sure.

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With images of Kim Kardashian’s blood soak vampire facial in my mind I headed to RUSH in Piccadilly, in my lunch break to meet Epsom Skin Clinic’s senior specialist Charlotte Botting. After asking what I thought my problem areas were, (all of it) she talked through the pros of the eDermastamp treatment and its benefits. I was assured that this was the treatment that would work best for me.

First off you have to understand why we start to look craggy after the age of thirty. Collagen, your natural youth serum and the compound that gives your skin its natural elasticity stops producing. Collagen’s job is to create mesh like bonds which keep the skin firm and stop it sagging. When we are younger skin is made up of around 80% collagen.

The eDermastamp process is rather simple I’m told. Using a pen like device the specialist literally roles six fine precision needles across your entire face. The 1.5 millimetre needles cause controlled trauma under the skin, stimulating cell proliferation, which results in new collagen formation, the body’s natural healing chemical and youth maker, rushes to the area to repair the damage. It sounds horrific and painful – but in truth it isn’t.

First off, your face is thoroughly cleansed and carefully numbed with a cooling antiseptic and anaesthetic cream. Charlotte, put me at ease with her friendly banter and chat, she tells me that she’s tried all of her treatments, I try to raise my eyebrows to question this (as she looks just incredible and not at all like a reality TV star on some obscure digital channel...), but I find the anaesthetic has done its job rendering my eyelids somewhat useless. Then it begins. I brace myself; fear for the worst yet nothing more than a light humming vibrating saunters across my forehead. If you’ve had microdermabrasion, this is actually less painful – and MDB isn’t painful at all.

Carefully my faced is circled, every inch was “stamped”, there were more tender moments, around the nose and above the eyes where it’s a little more uncomfortable, but that’s all it is - discomfort, nothing more that a light scratching, which lasts around 5 seconds.

After, I’m red and a little puffy, but I’m told this will go away in 24 to 48 hours, which it does. So it would make sense to not have any big events planned in the days after your treatment. As for any discomfort felt in the days following, I would say, no worse than mild sunburn for 24 hours and very mild bruising for up to three days after. Simply put it doesn’t hurt.

A week after, I’m starting to see the signs that this actually works and within a week and a half I’m looking younger, fresher and tighter, but in a good way, not in a I’m about to appear in a Celebrity Big Brother way. Now 6 weeks after the treatment my skin still looks great – and tighter and I’m not even having to stick to any daily skin regime. It almost feels naughty, like I’ve cheated ten years off.

Gentle polling of friends and strangers, I ask how old I look – anything from 7 to 10 years younger than I actually am… My lunchtime facelift has been completely successful.

For £125 this could become my new skincare regime.

Find out more visit Epsom Skin Clinics or call: 01372 737280

By The Gay UK, Mar 27 2015 11:59AM

Bianca Del Rio is a big time winner. Back in her home town of New Orleans she won Big Easy Entertainment Awards for Costume Design six times, and then went on to win Gay Entertainer of the year for 3 consecutive years before she left for the bright heady lights of New York where she delighted viewers and judges alike whilst winning the 6th Season of RuPaul’s Drag Race on Logo TV.

By The Gay UK, Mar 25 2015 08:52PM

The UK National Union of Students has passed a policy which means that white gay men must stop appropriating black female culture.

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It is being reported that delegates at the Women's Conference today passed a motion making it against policy for white male gay students to snap, click or sashay away, or generally act in anyway that can be attributed to black women.

Submitted by the NUS LGBT Committee the motion reads:

503: 'Dear White Gay Men: Stop Approprirating [sic] Black Women'.

1. The appropriation of Black women by white gay men is prevalent within the LGBT scene and community.

2. This may be manifested in the emulation of the mannerisms, language (particularly AAVE- African American Vernacular English) and phrases that can be attributed to Black women. White gay men may often assert that

they are “strong black women” or have an “inner black woman”.

3. White gay men are the dominant demographic within the LGBT community, and they benefit from both white

privilege and male privilege.

4. The appropriation of Black women by white gay men has been written about extensively. This quote is taken from Sierra Mannie’s TIME piece entitled: “Dear white gays, stop stealing Black Female culture”:

“You are not a black woman, and you do not get to claim either blackness or womanhood. There is a clear line between appreciation and appropriation. I need some of you to cut it the hell out. Maybe, for some of you, it’s a presumed mutual appreciation for Beyoncé and weaves that has you thinking that I’m going to be amused by you approaching me in your best “Shanequa from around the way” voice. I don’t know. What I do know is that I don’t care how well you can quote Madea, who told you that your booty was getting bigger than hers, how cute you think it is to call yourself a strong black woman, who taught you to twerk, how funny you think it is to call yourself Quita or Keisha or for which black male you’ve been bottoming — you are not a black woman, and you do not get to claim either blackness or womanhood. It is not yours. It is not for you.”

The conference, believes, that "This type of appropriation is unacceptable and must be addressed.

"Low numbers of Black LGBT women delegates attend NUS LGBT conference. This can be attributed to many factors, one of which may be the prevalent appropriation by white gay men, which may mean that delegates do not feel comfortable or safe attending conference."

In a second motion they passed the banning of cross-dressing or drag due the offense it could cause trans women.

Speaking to GayStarNews about the policies a spokeswoman said, "We're a democratic society, and if members voted for it, these are our policies".

By The Gay UK, Mar 25 2015 07:40PM

Based on the book by Susan Hill, The Mist in the Mirror is a good, old fashioned fireside ghost story telling a tale of Mr James Monmouth, who is moved to Africa as a young boy after being orphaned, but returns to his native England some years later to research his childhood hero, the explorer Conrad Vane.




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