She's A Sabbatical Beauty: Anne Cong-Huyen


Today we're featuring Anne Cong-Huyen, an early supporter of Sabbatical Beauty, and dog mom to the adorable Duffy!
Anne and Duffy
Anne: Here’s me and Duffy on our first roadtrip. I love this picture for the bright afternoon sun (which makes my skin look fabulous), and his ridiculously cute curiosity.
Tell us about you!
I’m an academic who now works in a library at a small liberal arts college in Southern California, working with faculty and students on digital projects. I also teach media and Asian American studies. I regularly binge watch television, cook meals at home, snack on potato chips, and my only exercise comes from walking my 13 lb. rescue dog, Duffy.
If you were an SB product, which product would you be, and why?
Asian Powerhouse Serum, because I’m an Asian Powerhouse! Or I like to think of myself as one, anyway! Always a work in progress.
What makes you angry?
Injustice. Ignorance. Bigotry. Inconsiderate people. Bad drivers. Poor writing and editing. Mansplainers. Manspreaders. Dudebros. Shopping carts abandoned in parking lots right next to shopping cart returns. People who tell new moms how they should be raising their own children. Apparently a lot of things make me angry.
What makes you happy?
Cuddles from my cats and dog. My partner proving that cisgendered hetero white dudes can be feminist and understand social justice issues. My amazing women of color friends in academia who have been life sustaining.
What’s your desert island SB product, and why?
Probably Asian Powerhouse or Marine Serums. Just enough moisture, and so many skin soothing qualities.
What is your favorite thing about your skin?
For the longest time I hated my skin. Growing up a brown girl in the US, I always wished my skin was lighter, clearer, glowier, etc. especially when I had family members warning me not to let myself get dark. Over time though, I’ve really come to love my dark skin, even the hyperpigmentation I get from tiny cuts, bug bites, scars. It shows my resilience. Even when I feel like I’m failing, I can see on my skin that my body continues to fight.


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