Here's what avocado oil really does to your skin

If you stay up-to-date on food trends, you'll know that avocado oil is giving olive oil a run for its money. With a higher smoke point, avocado oil provides a safer option to cook with at high temperatures; it also tastes great and comes packed with nutrients. Another benefit to this kitchen staple? It's amazing for your skin. 

That's right, this up-and-coming oil can work wonders for your skin's appearance and health. According to Healthline, avocado oil contains anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants that provide skin with anti-aging benefits, helping to keep it smooth and soft. These ingredients also help protect your skin's elasticity, while moisturizing it for a dewy look

What's more, one animal study found that avocado oil can help heal wounds (via the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine). Credit goes to its rich supply of linoleic acid, oleic acid, and other monosaturated fatty acids, which helps skin injuries heal more quickly.

Avocado oil protects your skin from damage

With its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, avocado oil also helps protect skin from cell-damaging free radicals. And thanks to these anti-inflammatories, dermatologist Julie Russak, of Russak Dermatology Clinic, recommends using avocado oil to help with more serious skin conditions, such as eczema, acne, seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis (via Byrdie). 

If you have itchy, inflamed skin that's breaking out, this oil may be the product you're looking for during a flare-up. According to Russak, "It's not going to clog your glands and cause more acne because, in reality, acne isn't just clogged glands."  She goes on to share that acne is a "little bit more of an inflammatory process, so using anti-inflammatory properties would be great for it."

So, if you're looking for an easy, impactful new product to add to your skincare routine, check for items that contain avocado oil, including masks, serums, and balms. You also can do a DIY version: Just smooth a few drops onto your face and massage it in, or combine it with your favorite lotion, per Healthline.