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cholesterol

Cholesterol in cosmetics and skincare products can help maintain the skin’s normal function. It is also a stabilizer, emollient, and water-binding agent.

According to PETA, it’s derived from lanolin and alternatives include solid complex alcohols (sterols) from plant sources. See also beta-sitosterol.

Sources
PETA
Journal of Structural Biology, June 2007, pages 386–400

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