The couple's stance on bathing sparked an interesting conversation.
In a recent appearance on Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis spoke about what parenting is like where they also mentioned how often they bathe their kids. The couple is mom and dad to two children, Dimitri Portwood, 4, and Wyatt Isabelle, 6. Host Shepard started off by saying one "should not be getting rid of the natural oil on your skin with a bar of soap every day" and should instead wash with water. He added that using soap every day rids the body of natural oils. Both Kutcher and Kunis agreed, opening up about their own family's bathing ritual.
According to CNN, co-host Monica Padman was surprised and asked, "Who taught you to not wash?" "I didn't have hot water growing up as a child so I didn't shower very much anyway. I wasn't that parent that bathed my newborns, ever," Kunis said. Ashton chimed in, adding, "Now here's the thing: If you can see the dirt on them, clean them. Otherwise, there’s no point." Kunis said she washes her face twice a day and Kutcher said he does wash his "armpits and my crotch daily and nothing else ever," and has a tendency to "throw some water on my face after a workout to get all the salts out."
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Say They Only Bathe Their Kids When 'You Can See the Dirt on Them' pic.twitter.com/CpCykYATuI— People (@people) July 27, 2021
If you're thinking that's gross, well here's what an expert has to say. "Our body makes natural oils to protect our hair and skin," said Daniel Ganjian, a pediatrician at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, according to Insider. "It's good to keep those natural oils going." As for your kids, bathing them depends on their age and how messy they are, according to the doctor. "Typically, as adults, we take daily showers because of smell and body odor, but small kids don't have that smell and body odor," he said. Usually, body odor hits when kids start entering puberty, about age 10, Ganjian said.
i bathe my kids once a week; on saturday.— Josh Sternberg (@joshsternberg) July 27, 2021
The New York Times spoke to Dr. Kelly M. Cordoro, MD, a professor of dermatology and pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, who also said, "Over-bathing an infant may dry out the skin, making it itchy and rashy. It can be very irritating and unnecessary, as it can wash away the top layer of protective skin cells, natural oils, and normal healthy bacteria, leaving the skin dry, itchy, and vulnerable to irritation and possibly skin infections," Dr. Cordoro added. It looks like the celebrity couple may actually know what they're talking about when it comes to parenting!
Kunis opened up to The Telegraph in 2020 about her home and family life. “We do family outfits,” she said. “It makes everyone go crazy. Last year I dressed [daughter Wyatt Isabelle] as a pig. I went as a pig. And my husband went as a pig.” Talking about her work-life balance, Kunis said according to PEOPLE, “I don’t live to work, I work to live. I never took my career too seriously before. After becoming a mom, I definitely don’t.” As for her husband, Kunis has previously called Kutcher “brilliant” and “an incredibly hands-on” parent, saying, “When my child was born, I was breastfeeding and he said, ‘That’s your connection, I want to change every diaper.'” What a team!