Makeup and skin-care routines certainly vary depending on the individual, but whether you never leave the house without a full face of makeup, you follow a less-is-more approach to beauty, or you fall somewhere in between, one thing is certain: Lip balm is an essential. For many, a drugstore lip balm is the first beauty product they were introduced to as a child (hi, Lip Smackers). And as an adult, some variety has earned a place in every bag. But while everyone can agree on its importance, what constitutes as the best drugstore lip balm is up for debate.
When shopping for a new lip balm, you'll want to figure out what you're hoping to achieve besides smooth, soft lips. If you typically spend a lot of time outdoors, opt for a formula with an SPF of 30 or more to prevent your lips from getting sunburned and dry. If your lips are already dry or chapped, or you're in the midst of winter, reach for a medicated lip balm or ointment with a thicker consistency. Then, there are times when you just want your lip balm to look (and smell) good. Whether that means adding a sheer, glossy finish, a pop of color, or a fruity scent, the options are endless.
Ahead, find five of the best lip balms you can buy for under $10.