Avocados are high in healthy fats. These fats benefit many functions in your body, including the health of your skin (7).

Getting enough of these fats is important for keeping skin flexible and moisturized.

One study of over 700 women found that a high intake of total fat, specifically the types of healthy fats found in avocados, was associated with having more supple, springy skin (8).

Preliminary evidence also shows that avocados contain compounds that may protect the skin against sun damage. UV damage to the skin can cause signs of aging, such as wrinkling (910).

Avocados are also a good source of vitamin E, which is an important antioxidant that helps protect the skin from oxidative damage. Vitamin E is also a nutrient most Americans don’t get enough of.

Interestingly, vitamin E seems to be even more effective when it’s combined with vitamin C (5).

Vitamin C is also essential for healthy skin. Your skin needs it to create collagen, which is the main structural protein that keeps your skin strong and healthy (11).

A deficiency in vitamin C is rare these days, but common symptoms include dry, rough, scaly skin that tends to bruise easily.

Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that protects your skin from oxidative damage caused by the sun and environment, which can lead to signs of aging (11).

A 100-gram serving (about 1/2 an avocado) provides 10% of the RDI for vitamin E and 17% of the RDI for vitamin C (12).

 

BOTTOM LINE:Avocados are high in healthy fats and contain vitamins E and C, which are important for healthy skin. They may also contain compounds that protect the skin from sun damage.