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Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis don't believe in bathing their kids or themselves every day, and here's why

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis don't believe in bathing their kids or themselves every day, and here's why

They let us in on their dirty little secret on Dax Shepard and Monica Padman’s "Armchair Expert" podcast.

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Personal hygiene is important for living a healthy lifestyle. Washing the dirt and germs off your body is one aspect of it. There's nothing better than taking a warm shower after a long day's work. But there are those who do not believe in the power of showers. While taking a shower every single day is not necessary, there are people who think showers are not important at all. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis follow this school of thought and their household does not place much importance on washing themselves off regularly. They let us in on their dirty little secret on Dax Shepard and Monica Padman’s Armchair Expert podcast.



 

The show was primarily supposed to be about cryptocurrency. But they got off-topic and got to discussing skincare routines. Shepard told his co-host that using soap every day rids the body of natural oils. The That 70's Show stars readily agreed and added that they only wash vitals every day. Kunis further explained, "I don't wash my body with soap every day. But I wash pits and tits and holes and soles." Kutcher added, "I wash my armpits and my crotch daily, and nothing else ever. I got a bar of Lever 2000 that just delivers every time. Nothing else."



 

 



 

 



 

Padman was in the minority as a full-body shower taker who also used soap. She asked, "Who taught you to not wash?" Kunis recalled that growing up it was a matter of circumstance. "I didn't have hot water growing up as a child so I didn't shower very much anyway." The habit has now continued to their kids as well. "I wasn't that parent that bathed my newborns, ever," Kunis said of her kids Wyatt, 6, and Dimitri, 4. "If you can see the dirt on them, clean them," Kutcher said. "Otherwise, there's no point." Shepard then shared that he and his wife, actress Kristen Bell used bath time as "part of a nighttime routine" with their daughters, Lincoln, 8, and Delta, 6.



 

While this may be an unpopular opinion or one that is not openly declared, experts are of the opinion that this is not a bad habit. “Water is probably the No. 1 irritant on the planet because it washes away the natural moisturizing factors that our skin makes,” Dr. Adam Friedman, professor of dermatology at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences told TODAY. As for using soap, Friedman suggested using it sparingly and using products that won't change the skin's natural pH like those formulated for sensitive skin or eczema.



 

“Over-bathing is problematic, but I would probably argue that under-bathing is, too, because there are microscopic things that can get on the skin and be damaging," Friedman added. “It’s more about using mild soaps and then refortifying damp skin with a moisturizer.” The American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends that children ages 6 to 11 bathe at least once a week. Daily showers should begin when puberty does. Dr. Daniel Ganjian, a pediatrician at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California also agrees that age determines how often someone should shower.



 

"Typically, as adults, we take daily showers because of smell and body odor, but small kids don't have that smell and body odor," Ganjian told INSIDER and added, "Kids don't need all that soap and fragrance on their bodies. We're seeing a sharp increase in sensitive skin and eczema in kids. Just plain warm water goes a long way." Experts also recommended using bathing as a part of a ritual before bed as it is in the Shepherd-Bell household. "I'm not saying you should have a smelly or oily kid," Ganjian said. "Your kid is going to be just as clean. But using soap and shampoo preventatively isn't needed."

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