My daughter calls it a "fake bake" - using a tanning cream to get brown instead of laying out. I did it for the first time when pregnant with Matthew and I was orange. I won't say the brand I use, but some of you know what I used to sell :)
Now I use all Loreal "Go Bronze" products. They work VERY well. I like to use the medium or deep because it is faster, but you do have to keep up with it every other day or you look splochy & dry. I HIGHLY recommend these products.
Since my mom got skin cancer 17 years ago, I never did the tanning thing again. I do lay out in the sun at a pool, but I wear sunscreen after a 1/2 hour or so. THis works just fine for me.
I just figure I can't subject the world to my white (and fat) legs. Tan is better, believe me- no matter what your size. Also, I'm pretty sure its slimming :)