Who knew?!?! Turns out getting a lump of coal in your Christmas stocking may not have meant you were on the naughty list after all…Charcoal, which is carbonized wood, has been used for centuries for everything from cooking, art, and even medicine. And, recently, it has been receiving recognition as a skin/hair care ingredient.

Activated charcoal is the perfect skin care ingredient for those suffering from acne and skin impurities, including blackheads, since it works to absorb toxins and bacteria. This power player is also great for anyone suffering dry, flaky scalp or greasy, oily strands.

This “secret ingredient” will not maintain a low profile for long—check your labels and be on the lookout for professional services in your favorite spa.

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