As we are all unique human beings, we are raised in different ways. That ultimately curbs the rest of our lives as we are indoctrinated by our youths to think we know what is right for ourselves. Hygiene is high on this list of preferences. The general public says a shower that a day keeps the doctor away. Meanwhile, there are many others who feel that bathing is not as mandatory for our health. Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have revealed their approach to their kid’s hygiene. Some say it’s disgusting, but experts say otherwise.
Mila Kunis rarely bathes her children
Ashton Kutcher, a well-known actor, and reality television star has two children with ex-co-star, Mila Kunis. The now happily married couple met on set for “That 70’s Show” and reconnected a few years later only to discover deep feelings for each other. They now have two happy children whom they raise together. their daughter, Wyatt, is six years old, and their son, Dimitri, is four.
One thing is for sure, they share similar parenting tactics. Especially when it comes to the bathing routine. In 2021, Dax Shepard had the happy couple on his Armchair Expert podcast, where they revealed they only wash their children when “you can see the dirt on them”.
Kutcher shares the minimalist approach to bathing
“I didn’t have hot water growing up as a child, so I didn’t shower much anyway,” said Kunis, explaining her background. “But when I had children, I also didn’t wash them every day. I wasn’t that parent that bathed my newborns – ever.” At that point, Kutcher interrupted and said: “Here’s the thing,” Kutcher interjected. “If you can see the dirt on them, clean them. Otherwise, there’s no point.”
Ashton Kutcher is not indifferent to Mila Kunis’ approach to minimal bathing. He admitted that he too rarely uses soap on anything besides his crotch and his armpits. “I wash my armpits and my crotch daily, and nothing else ever,” said Kutcher. “I got a bar of Lever 2000 that delivers every time. Nothing else.” However, he said he splashes his face with water after exercise to rinse the sweat off. “I do have a tendency to throw some water on my face after a workout to get all the salts out.”
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The internet was divided
Naturally, there are many contrasting opinions from the fans of Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. Some were completely grossed out by their hygiene habits, and others were fully in support of their decisions. One person commented on social media: “They must stink! I wash twice a day, always have. I was brought up that way and my children have been brought up to do the same. There’s no excuses for poor hygiene ever. It’s lazy to be that dirty.”
Another person commented: “I was today years old when I found out Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are flat out gross.” While another wrote: “Why as a parent would you even share that? Kids love a bath when they’re little. Bubbles and toys, then clean jammies is what every child needs and deserves before bedtime.”
Contrary-wise, there were some who shared similar habits as they agreed that less showering is better for your skin. “Good for them,” wrote one person. “It’s been proven that too many showers, not to mention soap are not that great for everyday use. Although I do take a shower everyday, I usually go with Ashton’s routine,” a second added. Another person wrote: ‘I’ve started to have just pure water showers it’s fine I don’t feel grubby and sometimes the oil like on my face is like a moisturiser.”
Let’s see what some dermatologist experts say on the matter. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD), a daily bath “may not be necessary” for children between the ages of six years old and 11. They specify that if your child goes for a swim in some mud, a bath is necessary. otherwise, a bath twice a week is sufficient enough to keep them healthy.
Dr. Joan Tamburro, DO also stated to the Cleveland Clinic that children have sensitive skin that may not ned a daily both. He said to: “spend some quality time in the tub two to three times per week. [Their] delicate skin doesn’t need daily cleansing”.
Furthermore, dermatologist, Dr. Joshua Zeichner, stated: “While there are not specific rules on bathing, I generally tell my patients that visible soiling should be washed from the skin. Areas like the face, underarms, and groin should be washed daily because they tend to accumulate more oil and sweat than other parts of the body, which can lead to overgrowth of microorganisms on the skin.” He added: “after heavy sweating, working out, and if you are noticing any foul body odour”
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- “Mila Kunis And Ashton Kutcher Fans Horrified As They Reveal Their Hygiene Habits.” The Things. Bea Smith. July 27, 2021.
- “Mila Kunis’ latest bizarre hygiene habit has people divided.” Unilad. Jess Hardiman. September 30, 2022.