What are the effects of tanning, like from a tanning bed/natural sun, compared to the effects on the skin from a "tan in a bottle" product? I am about as pale as they come, but some of my friends do the "fake" tan things, and I try to tell them its bad for their skin, but I don't know how or what exactly it does. Can anyone help me to know, and plus I want to know for myself too. I have always been too scared to tan, or get too much sun exposure with out protection. I have done the "tan in a bottle" products before, but they leave me looking a little on the orange side with a funky smell, so I have stopped that. I also would like to know if there is a safe/healthy way to get a tan or look tan? Or should I just be ok with being pale and looking really young for a long time?