Many Japanese beauty magazines advocate that you wash your face "with bubbles, not your fingers." The concept is that your fingers (or a wash cloth) should not be touching your skin directly when you wash your face. Instead, there should be a layer of creamy lather. The magazines say that the pressure from your fingers on your skin will create wrinkles.
This may be a strange concept for many non-Japanese people, but this concept is very, very common here. I learned this way of washing my face in high school, which is a good 10 years ago.
So... the question becomes, "how do you create creamy lather?" You could do it by hand (which I did when I was in high school), but it is a PAIN. This is where the face net comes in handy!
Face wash net
You can find this at any drugstore or 100 yen store in Japan.
There are SEVERAL different brands. Since there is absolutely no difference in how they work, I always pick one up at the 100 yen store.
Inside the packaging, it looks like this:
Some of the face wash nets have closed bottoms (like this one). They all work exactly the same.
The instructions are on the packaging.
Using a face wash net is SUPER easy.
1. Run the net under water and put a dab of cleanser on it.
The process is the same for any form of cleanser, as long as it's supposed to foam up. If you are using a solid cleanser (=a soap bar), rub it a bit against the net. Either way, you'll find after a few uses that you probably need less cleanser than you have been using.
2. Rub the net between your hands
You'll immediately see that the cleanser foams up, creating creamy bubbles.
3. Make a fist around the net and start pulling the ring end through your thumb and forefinger
(No, I'm not giving anyone the finger!)
4. Keep pulling the ring until you are left with the creamy lather in your hand.
5. Rub the lather onto your face and continue as you normally wash your face
DON'T use the net as a washcloth!! Don't rub the net against your face!!!
Here is a youtube video which shows the process.
You do not need to apply as much soap as they show in the video, and you can just simply rub the soap against your net (not wrap it in the net as in the video).
When you are done washing your face, rinse the net and hang it up to dry. It will dry within a matter of minutes.
The entire process takes less than 15 seconds! This method of washing your face is good for sensitive and dry skin as well.
Face wash nets are a must have for me. I bring one with me on every single trip I go on, whether it's an overnight trip or a 30 day business trip. It takes up no space at all! I love the creamy lather that I get, and I can't imagine washing my face any other way!