Another great way to get a tan is by using a lotion with a bronze in it. Jurgen's has a great one that you can buy. They have it for light skin, medium tone, or dark tones. Just make sure to wash your hands after applying and let it dry before getting dressed. I've always applied it right after I shower. Also, it isn't immediate, so if you want a tan immediately i would do the spray tan in addition to the lotion. They also have cloth wiped, and foams you can apply.
Well I guess you could lay out in the sun, then lather yourself with healing creams. Why not just appreciate how you are, and not get caught up in media nonsense. a little bit of sun does no harm but be very careful of solarium's. And ask yourself why you need a tan in the first place? Peer group or media pressure?