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Yes, that's what I suspected. Thanks for the reassurance. Google brings up a whole bunch of links for the "dull skin" problem, and by looking at them , this seems to fit the context. 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
Explanation: No single English word could convey the nuance of 「くすんだ」. At least two words are needed. Then there are fairly interesting number of combinations. I have selected the above as the closest to the subtle original meaning.
Nobuo Kawamura Japan Local time: 05:49 Native speaker of: Japanese PRO pts in pair: 483