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27th Jul 2021

“I wash my armpits and crotch daily and nothing else” – Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis rarely wash their kids

Kat O'Connor

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher said they rarely wash their kids, but they may be doing the right thing.

“I wasn’t that parent that bathed my newborns. Ever,” said Kunis.

Kutcher added, “Here’s the thing, if you can see the dirt on them, clean them. Otherwise, there’s no point.”

The parents’ confession may surprise you but experts believe over-bathing your children may be causing more harm than good.

Dr. Adam Friedman explained to Today Parents: “Water is probably the No. 1 irritant on the planet because it washes away the natural moisturizing factors that our skin makes.”

The doctor stressed that moisturising your child after bathing them is essential. “Our skin is incredible in terms of protective capacity. But when it dries out, that’s problematic.”

Parents should always use soap sparingly and ensure it is one that won’t impact your child’s skin’s natural pH.

“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. It’s more about using mild soaps and then refortifying damp skin with a moisturizer.”

It has been advised that children should be washed once or twice a week. Daily showers are a necessity for teenagers going through puberty, experts shared.

Parents should always wash their children if they’ve been playing outdoors or if they have bad body odor.

Adults can follow a similar pattern, but must pay special attention to the armpit and groin areas, the expert said.

Kutcher added, “I wash my armpits and crotch daily and nothing else.”

The actors, who met on That 70s Show, are parents to 6-year-old daughter Wyatt and 4-year-old son Dimitri.