The Only Avocado Face Mask Recipes You'll Ever Need

It's no secret that avocados are one of the most useful ingredients out there. Whether they're being used in your morning smoothie, applied as a hair mask, or added to your diet as one of the healthiest ingredients available, there seems to be no end to the many benefits of this miracle food—and its perks apply to skincare too. We went to Karen Hammerman, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York to get her take on the topical benefits of avocado, and it turns out they're numerous.

Hammerman starts with avocado's ability to slow the aging process, saying, "Avocado oil has high anti-aging properties that are capable of providing protection against free radicals. Studies have also shown that avocado oil reverses degenerative skin changes seen with aging by stimulating the production of elastin fibers and collagen, thus restoring normal regenerative and degenerative balance." She also notes the ingredient's ability to guard from UV rays, stating, "Exceedingly bioavailable lutein and zeaxanthin might help to protect the skin from UV and visible radiation damage."

Of course, every great skincare ingredient works as a collagen booster, and avocado is no exception. Hammerman explains, "The oil will trigger the skin to produce collagen and protect from wrinkles." With that in mind, we decided to round up the very best DIY face masks that make use of this versatile ingredient. Keep reading for four avocado face masks that can be thrown together in four ingredients or less.

Up next, read on for eight face masks for dry skin that keep skin quenched.