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What to do for Dull Skin

A Skin Recovery Mini-Facial: Scenario 4

Welcome to part four of my Bella miniseries on the mini-facial, where I'll detail specific fast skin-recovery routines for those mornings where a face wash isn't enough. Sometimes your skin needs a little extra boost before you face the day, and we all know trying to mask a skin problem with makeup alone can only make it worse. So, check out our tips for righting what went wrong overnight.

Scenario 4: Your best friend's boyfriend broke up with her, so you spent the evening listening to how much she's going to miss her "boo bear" while she chain smoked. Now it's the morning, she's on your couch with an empty bottle of vino and your face feels like it was rubbed in an ashtray.

Here's what to do:

  1. Wash your face with an oxygenating cleanser, like Clean & Clear Oxygenating Fizzing Cleanser ($6.99).
  2. Apply a mask for dull skin, like Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask ($52).
  3. Try a serum with vitamin C to brighten skin, like Philosophy When Hope Is Not Enough: Age Control ($38), Fresh Appleseed Brightening Essence ($90), or Avalon Organics Vitamin C Vitality Facial Serum ($16.79).
  4. Smooth on a light-reflecting tinted moisturizer, like Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 ($14.39).


JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I can't either aimeeb. I would never be able to be around this. Another thing to add to the list is adding a huge dose of vitamins with your nutritious, clean eating for at least a day. I know I'd have to just to feel clean and healthy again.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I seriously can't be around people when they smoke...
jennyy jennyy 9 years
Ahh, I love this one :) Is it true that people who smoke are more prone to break outs? My friend thinks this is why she constantly has acne.
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
i have to try this one, all of my friends smoke, i always end up with ashtray-face.
kahribar kahribar 9 years
We are learning about more and more products that we just must try!! Thanks
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 9 years
"Now it's the morning, she's on your couch with an empty bottle of vino and your face feels like it was rubbed in an ashtray." Ouch! I hate it when my hubby smokes around me. (I smoked for 10 years [13-23yrs old] and just one day up and quit.. But I hate the smell of it in my hair now!)
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
Thanks for the suggestions!!
Bella-Donna Bella-Donna 9 years
What about the chain-smoking friend? Won't she be looking (and feeling) awful the morning after? :( And being the good friend that I am, I'd try to lift up her spirits, starting with some facial Rx, followed by ebbing her bouts of self-loathing.. :)
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Thanks Bella, I love these mini sessions you've been posting.
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