There are some alternatives to tanning that are safe. One way to bronze is with sunless self-tanners. These are also known as tans in a bottle. They contain dihydroxyaetone which gradually stains the dead cells in ones skins outer layers. These types of fake bakes last from days to several weeks. There are many different types of self tanners. There are sprays, lotions and towelettes that are very easy to use. To gain a subtle tan use a moisturizer that contains a modest amount of fake tanner. These methods are very inexpensive. Due to recent improvements in these sunless products, demand for them has sky rocketed. Just because these products darken ones skin does not mean that they protect one from UV rays. Sunless tanning lotions come in light, medium, and dark tones. Some salons offer airbrush tanning. Airbrush tans may look more like a natural tan with more even results. Airbrush tanning is all natural and is cheap. They last for weeks and one can keep having it redone. Sunless tanning is safer than regular tanning but using those products and being out in the sun sometimes accentuates the damage done to the skin. Read the label and look for an active ingredient called DHA. DHA is used in these self tanners to help protect one from the suns natural rays and to prevent sun damage to the skin.