It is summer, and I hate my skin. On a hot day it would be awfully nice to feel comfortable wearing a pair of shorts, or maybe even breaking out the trunks and going for a swim. However, I absolutely refuse to take off my shirt in public and I am very uncomfortable wearing shorts as well. Why? Because I am so damn white that when I do, my skin glows. Paint nipples on a white shirt and you'll know approximately what I look like. It is quite disgusting and really embarrassing, especially considering I am fairly insecure to begin with. The real problem is that I have tried many times to get a tan and have spent many hours outside (in my backyard where nobody can see me), but to no avail. Alas, like everyone in my family, I am genetically incapable of tanning...naturally. So what about artificially? I would probably have to spend hundreds of dollars and many hours in tanning salons to get a tan, and besides, I've heard that is more dangerous than being out in the sun all day without sunscreen. So now I am contemplating trying out one of these tanning creams I've heard about and I was wondering if anyone here has had any experience with them? If so, how did they work? How long did it last? How expensive was it? What brands are best? Was it waterproof? Do they offer various strengths? Can it change the bone structure of my face and make me better looking?