The Skincare Issue: Female Gaze

Each issue we feature Asian women from all walks of life. Here are this issue’s ladies!


“My name is Monika, and I’m a PhD student in the Northeast US that’s studying molecular neurobiology for my thesis research. I’ve been in the Northeast US for my entire life, and adapting my skincare regimen to the changing seasons has been challenging throughout my 20s. I had basically perfect skin in my teens but then developed issues with both acne and eczema as an adult.

I use a Western skincare regimen that works pretty well for me, but it’s only gotten that way through lots of trial and error for me. Although I’m light-skinned, I still have so many issues with hyperpigmentation with any sort of scarring, have had to make up regimens that don’t seem to make any sense on paper with traditional skincare recommendations made in the US cosmetics industry, and also manage the medical component of my dermatological issues that stem from atopic dermatitis.

My skin is still changing now that I’m in my early 30s, but I’ve learned to just accept it for what it is and go with the flow a little more rather than be frustrated that my skin isn’t perfect. Sometimes I wonder what my skin would like if I was born and lived elsewhere in an environment more similar to South Asia, but I’ve learned to adapt and do research to take better care of my skin on my face and body.”

Overachiever Magazine was started by Rehana Paul in October of 2018 to give a platform to all Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities.

Our name is poking fun at the stereotype that all Asians are overachievers, especially Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities. It’s also in recognition of all of us who have had no choice but to be overachievers: managing societal expectations, family obligations, and educational opportunities, all while fighting the patriarchy.

We have grown since then, putting out bimonthly issues (we are contributor powered: apply to write for our next one!), and weekly reviews of culture, and news that is important to us.

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We do not claim to speak for all Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities. We are just here to give them a place to speak for themselves.

We hope you’ll join us.

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