Winter skin care routine + giveaway (closed!)

-post in collaboration with Sante

winter skin care routine feat. SANTE
winter skin care routine feat. SANTE

My winter skin care post was kindly supported by SANTE skin care. All opinions are 100% my own!

7 steps for soft and glowy winter skin
  • Wash your face twice a day (in the morning and evening) with a gentle face wash or peeling
  • Prep your skin for the next steps by using a toner or face serum
  • Moisturize!
  • Always use eye cream
  • Use an SPF in the morning / rich skin oil in the night
  • Make sure you take care of your lips.
  • Pamper your skin once or twice a week with a face mask


Lifestyle tips for great skin:

  • Drink enough water (If you don’t like the taste of water infuse it with fruits)
  • Change your bed sheets at least every two weeks!
  •  Eat enough fresh fruits and veggies (and maybe cut down on dairy products)
  • Exfoliate regularly


My skin type

First I want to tell you a little bit about my skin type. I tend to dry skin. Especially in winter or when I’m in the sun a lot my skin can get really moistureless and tense. My skin also is really sensitive. That’s why I mostly use products with natural ingredients (free from silicones, parabens,  synthetic color and fragrance etc.)


In the morning

Like most people, I start my day in the bathroom and wash my face (always use lukewarm water! Too hot or cold water it’s not good for the skin). After I dampened my face I use a tiny bit of the NONIQUE Energie Micro Peeling and carefully massage it into the skin. It’s super gentle and awakening. Afterwards, I wash it off with a damp towel and fresh water.
My second step is the Diaderma Carrot Oil. I don’t really like the smell of it (it reminds me of old people. Haha) but it gives a really nice tint and makes my skin so soft.
The next two steps are moisturizer and eye cream. I currently use my new favorites by SANTE. They have a really nice scent and protect my skin against the cold and dry air.
Followed by CC Cream from THE BODY SHOP. This cream contains SPF and gives a slight glow. Perfect for no makeup and winter days.
My final step in the morning is lip cream. I’m not particularly picky when it comes to lip balm. As long as my lips are moisturized I’m fine.

winter skin care routine feat. SANTE
In the evening

My night time skin care routine deviates just slightly from my routine in the morning.
I like to wash my face/makeup off by using coconut oil as a makeup remover and then lukewarm water and a gentle face wash. Normally one wash with the face gel is enough but when I was out in the city or had a full face of makeup, I like to go in for a 2 round with my face brush.  I currently use a manual brush but want to change to an automatical (like the Clarisonic or Philips) do you recommend one?
After washing the day away I like to use a toner. Mine is by ALVERDE and for acne porn skin (as my skin tends to get pimples easily in winter and this toner keeps it nice and clear). I just spritz a few drops on a cotton pad and sweep over my face.
After that, I again use my moisturizer (night cream) and eye cream by SANTE. Their 12-hour hydro depot keeps my skin smooth and improves elasticity.
I also give my lips a little scrub/peeling and coat them with lip butter.
The final step for my everyday night time routine is face oil. I love to use rose face oil by alverde which I massage into my skin (face, neck and decollete). So I wake up the next morning with baby soft skin.

Twice a week I also use a mask at night. I often switch my mask so my skin doesn’t get too used to the masks. Lately, I really love the moisturizing mask by SANTE.  It provides moisture and makes the skin noticeably smoother (which is perfect for the cold winter time).

winter skin care routine feat. SANTE

The Giveaway (CLOSED!)

Now to the fun part. You can win some of my favorite skin care products by SANTE.

What can you win:

  1. You can win a lovely day cream for sensitive skin. It’s unscented and lowers skin irritation and the feeling of tension. Perfect for everyday use, even if you don’t have extra sensitive skin.
  2. My favorite night cream. It gives intense moisture and regenerated with shea butter. The special 12-hour hydro depot improves the skin elasticity and keeps your skin smooth.
  3. An eye cream with glow effect. (I really love this one!!) The cream softens puffiness and makes you look awake and glowy.
  4. My current favorite face mask. The moisturizing mask with 12-hour hydro depot (same range as the night cream). For intensive moisture and noticeably smoother skin.
Who can win and how:

Everybody can win, as long as you’re a subscriber to the IEB newsletter. To participate you simply have to subscribe. Click the link here or fill out the subscription form down below. The winner will be announced in the March newsletter!  For more information read the infobox as well.

About Sante

Winter skin care | Sante

Sante is genuine nature cosmetic without compromise with lots of drive, love and almost 40 years of experience. We meet the highest standards to a young and simple natural cosmetics and stand for sustainable quality products with natural ingredients derived from organic farming. 

Learn more about Sante and their Philosophy here


winter skin care routine feat. SANTE

That’s what you can win!

I especially love Sante skin care products because they feel really luxurious without costing a fortune. Their natural and environmental-friendly products not just make my skin feel great but also my heart (my sound cheeky, but isn’t it great when you know that the product you use doesn’t cost any harm to the planet or other creatures).



This post and giveaway are sponsored by Sante Naturkosmetik. All opinions are 100% my own and I wouldn’t recommend or give away the products if I’m not absolutely positive about them! The giveaway is open internationally and will be closed on the 28. of February. The winner will be picked by luck!

To participate you have to subscribe to the IEB Newsletter. Subscribe here or down below by filling out the form.

Good luck!

(This post includes facilitate links)

How is your winter skin care routine? And what is a view of your favorite products?

Much love, Ilka x



  1. 3. March 2017 / 23:01

    These are great Winter skin tips! I loved it! It is the first time I read about the brand, SANTE, but after reading this post I definitely want to look more into the brand. Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips! 🙂

    • Ilka
      4. March 2017 / 07:51

      Thank you, I’m glad you like the tips, Andrea.
      SANTE truly is a wonderful brand.And I highly suggest you, to check them out.
      Much love Ilka x

  2. Bianca Rogoveanu
    25. February 2017 / 08:52

    I would love to try the face mask !
    Thank you so much for the chance, have a sunny weekend !

    • Ilka
      25. February 2017 / 09:32

      I’ll choose the winner on Tuesday and announce in the newsletter on Wednesday. So stay tuned for that. 🙂

      Thank you, hope your weekend is nice and sunny as well. Much love, Ilka x

  3. 24. February 2017 / 16:51

    Great post! I love seeing what other people use! I’m really big on nighttime skincare as my skin is more oily.

    • Ilka
      24. February 2017 / 17:02

      Thank you, Marissa. I also love seeing what other people use and how. I’m glad you like the post.
      Make sure to subscribe and enter the giveaway. 😉
      Much love, Ilka x

  4. 20. February 2017 / 05:19

    Thank you for this article. I have very dry skin, especially in the winter, so this was very helpful!

    • Ilka
      20. February 2017 / 06:14

      I’m so happy the post helped you 🙂
      Have an amazing week. Much love, Ilka x

  5. Andrea Broom
    19. February 2017 / 20:17

    I’ve heard great things about carrot oil, a friend of mine her mom was always telling us about how great it is, I need to get my hands on it.

    • Ilka
      19. February 2017 / 20:54

      It is really lovely, Andrea. And you can get it at Amazon 😉

      Much love, Ilka. x

  6. 18. February 2017 / 18:17

    Thanks for the winter skin tips- although my skin in combo, I can still use these. :)!

    • Ilka
      18. February 2017 / 18:32

      Thank you. I’m glad you like the post 🙂
      Most of the tips are really simple and helpful for almost every skin type.

      Much love, Ilka x

  7. 17. February 2017 / 18:35

    excellent winter skin tips, so happy to share this with my clients (:

    • Ilka
      17. February 2017 / 18:47

      Thank you, Jessica. I’m happy you like the post and find it helpful. 🙂
      Much love, Ilka x

  8. 16. February 2017 / 06:12

    Great tips! Thank you for this post.

    • Ilka
      16. February 2017 / 07:49

      Thank you, Esther. I’m glad you find the post helpful.
      Much love, Ilka x

  9. 15. February 2017 / 20:34

    Thank you for this post. I have heard of this brand but have not tried it yet. I also learned a few new skin care tips. 🙂

    • Ilka
      15. February 2017 / 20:40

      Thank you, Shelly. It’s an amazing brand. Make sure you subscribe, so you have the chance to win the products 😉
      Much love, Ilka x

  10. 13. February 2017 / 19:01

    This is a beautiful post.. I learned so much, thank you

    • Ilka
      15. February 2017 / 08:43

      Thank you, Tamara. I’m so happy you find the post helpful. I hope you entered the giveaway (the products are truly amazing)!
      Much love, Ilka. x

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