Just as you've swapped the cotton for the cashmere, it's time to switch your cleanser from the foam or gel variety you favour in summer to something altogether more sumptuous. The double whammy of cold, dry air outside and heated, dry air inside can wreak havoc on even the most low-maintenance complexions - hello, flaking and dry spots - but get smart about your product choices and this could be your best winter yet. Read on for four of our favourite new-season cleansers.

1. Clinique Cleansing balm, $55, clinique.com.au

4 of the best cleansers for winter skin

This clever cleanser transforms from a solid balm into an oil on application (simply massage into dry skin), melting away make-up with ease. Once rinsed, it leaves no greasy residue, making it suitable for all skin types. Added bonus: take it with you on holidays and there's zero chance it will leak in your bag.

2. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm, $68, esteelauder.com.au

4 of the best cleansers for winter skin

Another balm-into-oil cleanser, this new product is designed to remove make-up as well as surface impurities and pollutants. Read: clear pores, clean skin. It's infused with safflower oil to leave skin smooth and soft, not tight and taut, and is scented with lavender and chamomile. Bliss.

3. Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi+ Pollutant & Dullness Clarifying Cleansing Oil, $120, davidjones.com.au

4 of the best cleansers for winter skin

Shu Uemura's cleansing oils have gained a fiercely loyal following since they launched back in 1967, and this latest 2016 version looks set to prove just as popular. Rich in antioxidants (thanks, green tea extract) to fight free radical damage (translation: dry and dull skin), plus papaya extract to gently exfoliate and moringa extract to clear pores, it's heavy duty enough to remove waterproof mascara yet nourishing enough to keep skin hydrated.

4. Estelle & Thild Biocleanse Silky Soft Cleansing Milk, $38, sephora.com.au

4 of the best cleansers for winter skin

The Swedes have great skin, so it follows that this cult Swedish cleanser will leave us with glowing complexions, yes? Black elderflower helps to decongest the skin without stripping it, while a blend of nourishing organic oils (including almond and aloe vera) restores moisture.

4 of the best cleansers for winter skin