Making the switch from your drugstore beauty products to a more natural approach can be tricky, but once you have made the transition you will not regret it. The pros of going all natural and organic, even homemade, greatly outweigh the cons. Chances are you’ll see a positive change in your skin, nails, and hair, and you will also do wonders for the environment. You might even save a pretty penny if you choose to make your own products. To break it down for you, here are the top reasons why you should switch over to a more natural beauty regimen.

You’ll be eliminating tons of toxic chemicals from your daily routine. If you have ever read the packaging on your favorite store-bought products, it might seem like a foreign language. What the heck is retinyl palmitate, sodium lauryl phosphate, or triclosan? If you don’t know what is in it, don’t use it! Ingredients like parabens, phthalates, and fragrances are actually extremely toxic to our health, but these are things that are found in the majority of products found on the shelves of our favorite stores.

Do your best to familiarize yourself with ingredients – which ones are harmful and which ones are beneficial – and read labels before you purchase products. Look for things that have little to no preservatives, or better you research recipes for DIY face wash, shampoo, moisturizer, and even makeup.

There’s a good chance you will have a positive effect on the environment. More and more all-natural and organic brands are becoming not only health conscious, but also more environmentally aware. Look for labels that claim to have 100% recycled packaging, or even companies that give back some of their profits to environment organizations. If you choose to make your own products, consider reusing your bottles and packaging, and even opt for glass bottles (which are much better for the environment than plastic).

You’ll save a buck or two. Buying quality skin and hair care items can become pricey, even if you choose to go with all-natural store-bought products. So if you want to save major money, consider DIY’ing. Making a honey face wash or sugar body scrub costs a fraction of what it would in store, and chances are it will work just as well, if not better. Simple products – such as honey, vinegar, baking soda, and coconut oil – can be used for just about anything from toothpaste to face wash, so don’t overlook what is hiding in your kitchen pantry or refrigerator.

Your hair, skin, and nails will thank you in the end. There might be a short transition period where your skin and hair reacts in funky ways to the more natural products, but stick with it. You won’t be disappointed! Once you get past the initial transition, it is more likely than not that your skin with become smooth and vibrant and your hair will become silky and voluminous. Eliminating those toxins and adding healthier natural ingredients to your everyday routine will do wonders, especially if you choose to go completely organic and chemical-free.