What are free radical scavengers anyway? We thought you might like to find out. Check it out in our handy, dandy gloss-ary, you just may learn sometime new!A B C D E F G H I J K L M N Acne: an inflammatory eruption of the skin. Acrylic: has moisture barrier as well as waterproofing, water repelling properties. Acupressure: a therapeutic technique using pressure on specific parts of the body to relieve pain. Acupuncture: a technique inserting special needles into particular parts of the body to treat disease or pain.Age spots: a darkly pigmented (colored) area on the skin that occurs with age. Caused by sun exposure. Alkaline: any non-acid substance with a pH greater than 7. Almond Oil: vegetable oil derived from almonds with softening properties. Used in cosmetics. Allantoin: a botanical extract said to heal and soothe. Used in creams and topical preparations for the skin. Aloe Vera : an emollient resin with hydrating/softening properties. Alpha hydroxy: an active substance with exfoliating and emollient properties. Althea: botanical root said to have emollient and soothing capabilities for skin. Ammonium persulfate: used in deodorants and disinfectants; also used as a bleaching agent in some hair and skin cosmetics. Antioxidant: substance that helps to protect against the effects of environmental damage. Arnica: a botanical with antiseptic, astringent, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Used in homeopathy to reduce bruising and swelling. Aromatherapy: any treatment using aromas or odors to enhance well-being. Ascorbic Aid: vitamin C. Astringent: toner helpful in controlling surface oils and in lowering the pH after cleansing. Ayurveda: a method of natural healing originated in India including elements of meditation, yoga, nutrition, massage therapy and herbal treatments.Azulene: an anti-inflammatory and soothing agent, derived from German chamomile.