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Quiz: Beauty Tip or B.S.?

We've all heard some pretty wacky skin, hair and body advice, but can you tell the tips that actually work from made up nonsense? We dare you to try

You hear them all the time. Your well-meaning grandma probably has more than a few. Makeup counter salespeople are notorious for theirs and smiley TV talk show correspondents love nothing more than to drone on (and on) about them. Yes, beauty tips -- solicited or not -- abound. The hitch? Not all of them are bona fide and more than a few can actually work against your beauty rather than enhance it.

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Call them urban legends, apocryphal tidbits or just plain wishful thinking, off-the-wall recommendations for maximizing your looks can sometimes be stellar "how'd I ever live without knowing this" advice, but other times, they're just bad news.

And, you can't tell whether they're legitimate just by hearing them. Some of the weirdest beauty tips, like, say, the one about using a dryer sheet to control static-y hair, are true. While others that sound logical, like using oily mayonnaise as a hair conditioner, are categorically false.

It's part of human nature to want to buy into tips -- whether they're purported to be timesaving, penny-pinching or simply "too cool" in nature. But, with this little thing called the World Wide Web at our disposal, offering up solid, respected sites ( that are chockfull of sage, expert advice, it's easy to a) discount cockamamie tips and b) find practical, helpful ones.

But, just for fun, let's take a quiz. This will test whether, without the help of any website or reference book (or frantic call to your brother the dermatologist), you can discern the real beauty tips from made up nonsense. It's a little game we like to call "B.T. or B.S.?" (Beauty Tip or well, you get the picture.) Wanna play?

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Question 10 of 10

10. The "Tip": Douse your face with cold water to shrink your pores.

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The correct answer: B.S.
The only thing splashing icy water on your face does -- besides, perhaps, wake you up -- is to cause the blood vessels to constrict so your skin feels tighter. Pore size is hereditary and they get bigger (looking) when they're clogged with oil and dead skin cells. The only way you can "shrink" pores that are enlarged from grime is to clean them out. Salicylic acid works great.

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