Drink your way to radiant skin

Not everyone was born with a gorgeous, glowing complexion, but luckily there are a variety of ways to treat your skin and ensure that it gets all the nutrients and vitamins it needs to be healthy and beautiful. Aside from skincare products and cosmetics, you can give your visage a visual boost by drinking smoothies with beneficial ingredients that your skin needs. Here are a few to try making in your kitchen.

For clearer skin
TotalBeauty.com recommends plenty of protein and antioxidants to help your skin clear up. For a cleansing smoothie, simply blend together one scoop of hemp protein (which you can find at a natural foods store), ½ cup of blueberries, ½ bunch of dandelion greens (with no stems), 11 ounces of coconut water, ¼ of an avocado and one tablespoon of raw cacao powder. Potassium, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and antioxidants in the mix will detox, hydrate and clear your complexion.

For anti-aging
If you're concerned about the visible effects of aging, like dullness, fine lines and discoloration, mySkin.com suggests a blend of papaya and blueberries. Packed full of antioxidants and phytochemicals, these fruits reverse free-radical damage and improve the health of your cells. They're also full of vitamins C and E, which are known to help aging skin look more youthful. Simply blend together one small papaya, one cup of blueberries and 30 ounces of water (or ice).

For a lackluster complexion
If your skin has barely survived the winter months or it's just not as glowing as you'd like it to be, nutritionist Kimberly Snyder has a great recipe that will fix that right up. Blend together ½ of a frozen Acai smoothie packet (found at health food stores), 1 ½ cups of coconut water, ½ cup of unsweetened almond milk, ½ of an avocado and one teaspoon of coconut oil or butter. The minerals, fiber and fatty acids will help to plump up your skin and restore it's healthy color.

After you've revitalized your complexion by making these delicious smoothies on a regular basis, you'll have a totally clear slate for applying your favorite blinc cosmetics. Whether you use the tube mascara, liquid eyeliner or both, you'll look better than ever!