Nothing says you've embraced summer like a sun-kissed glow, and we've got all the best DIY self-tanning tips to achieve it. Going the tan-from-a-tube route may even help protect you from sun damage, recent research shows: Beachgoers educated in self-tan techniques and the dangers of UV rays were less likely to sit in the sun without protection and experienced fewer sunburns over the course of the summer than their nontrained fellow loungers. (It's not that self-tanners contain SPF - most don't; rather, bronzing safely can change your sunbathing habits.) Read on for the pros' product picks and techniques for believable color (no orange tans here).
1. Test it out "Self-tanners rely on the ingredient dihydroxyacetone, or DHA, a potential irritant," says Sinead Norenius, founder of faux-glow maker Beautisol. "Over the years, I've found that roughly one in 10 people can't tolerate it. The day before you self-tan for the first time, test a silver dollar-size area