Fastidious hand-washing is an essential part of staving off the novel coronavirus—but it’s not doing much for your skin. Raw cuticles and dry patches don’t have to be your destiny, though, as long as you follow our prompts to find the best Colorado-made lotions and balms to soothe your specific epidermis woe.

If your skin is looking a little dull…
Try: Vitamin C Body Lotion

Vitamin C Body Lotion
Vitamin C Body Lotion. Photo courtesy of Sanitas

Louisville-based Sanitas’ body lotion can help reignite your glow, thanks to its use of vitamin C, an ingredient some dermatologists recommend for restoring skin’s luminosity. $25 for eight ounces

If your skin is raw, with cracks and scrapes…
Try: Chilean Rosehip, Tamanu, & Red Clover Hand Cream

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Chilean Rosehip, Tamanu& Red Clover Hand Cream. Photo courtesy of Pangea

Panic-induced hand-washing can cause splitting on your knuckles and cuticles. Boulder-based Pangea’s blend—which includes calendula and lavender—was created to heal ravaged skin. $18 for three ounces

If sunburn is contributing to your flakiness…
Try: Alpenglow All Over Butter Creme

Alpenglow All Over Butter Creme. Photo courtesy of Nathan Bilow Photography

Luckily for you, Colorado Real Soap Co. in Crested Butte uses healing aloe juice in its small-batch concoctions. $12 for 2.3 ounces

If your hair is as dry as your hands…
Try: Butter Melt

Butter Melt
Butter Melt. Photo courtesy of Butter & Me

Made in Longmont with nourishing ingredients (kokum butter, candelilla wax, and avocado and sunflower oils), these cloud-shaped bars from Butter & Me melt in your hands and can be massaged into skin or dry hair cleaved by split ends. $20 for a 1.25-ounce bar

If you’re dry, stressed, and want to try something with CBD…
Try: Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Body Lotion

Hemp Oil Body Lotion
Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Body Lotion. Photo courtesy of Bryan Rowe

Boulder’s Synchronicity hand-presses whole hemp plants to produce CBD oil then mixes it with rich jojoba for an ultra-soothing lotion you can apply to every inch. $60 for eight ounces

If you want something hydrating and sustainable…
Try: Suhstayn Lotion Bars

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Suhstayn Lotion Bar. Photo courtesy of Suhstayn

Suhstayn’s handcrafted-in-Denver moisturizer is of the earth—it’s a mix of beeswax, shea butter, and plant-based oils—and, because it comes in a recyclable tube, will one day return to it (after restoring your skin’s dewiness, that is). $9 for 2.15 ounces

If you long for the soothing scents of springtime…
Try: Anjou Lotion

Anjou Lotion
Anjou Lotion. Photo courtesy of Zents

Hyaluronic acid in this offering from Denver’s Zents traps water for continuous hydration that protects your skin from the arid Colorado air. Bonus: The pear and geranium scent will transport you to spring. $41 for six ounces

This article was originally published in 5280 November 2020.
Angela Ufheil
Angela Ufheil
Angela Ufheil is a Denver-based journalist and 5280's former digital senior associate editor.