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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 9 of 10

9. The "Tip": Fight pimples by using a prescription retinoid like Retin-A or Renova.

Your Results

The correct answer: Beauty tip
This is bona fide good advice. Some of celebrity dermatologist-ville's most heavy hitters (like Heidi Waldorf and Amy Wechsler) say that it is the one thing that can make a huge difference in your skin. (Just remember that retinoids make skin photosensitive so SPF is even more imperative than usual.)

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