Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis Reveal Their Family Does Not Bathe Unless Needed - How Often Do You Need to Shower?

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Are you someone who showers daily or are you more of an Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis? Plus, what do the experts suggest on how often you should bathe?

The celebrity couple recently shared on Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast that in their family taking a shower or a bath every day is not required and this also applies to their children.

Mila, who was born in Ukraine, recounted, "I didn't have hot water growing up as a child so I didn't shower very much anyway." The actress also said, "I wasn't that parent that bathed my newborns, ever," referring to her children Wyatt, who is 6, and Dimitri, who is 4.

Ashton says they have a day-by-day bathtime system for their kids. "If you can see the dirt on them, clean them," the actor said on the podcast. "Otherwise there's no point."

As for their own bathing habits, Ashton revealed he washes his "armpits and my crotch daily and nothing else ever." He added, "[I] throw some water on my face after a workout to get all the salts out." As for Mila, she said she washes her face twice every day.

So what do health experts say about how often someone should shower or bathe? 

Harvard Health reports just two-thirds of Americans shower daily, and it varies worldwide. In Australia, 80 percent of the population bathes daily, but in China, just half of the people reported bathing only 2 times a week.

The experts note there are pros and cons to showering daily.

Pros: Reduces body odor, helps you wake up in the morning, removes sweat after exercise

Cons: Can lead to dry and itchy skin, using antibacterial soaps can kill off the body's normal and healthy bacteria, possible allergic reactions to the oils, perfumes, and additives in shampoos, conditioners, and soap

For babies, the Mayo Clinic suggests they should be washed 3 times a week until they become mobile. And the American Dermatology Association recommends kids aged 6 to 11 bathe at least once or twice a week, and then begin daily showers at the start of puberty.

Harvard Health notes there is not a consensus on how often someone should bathe, writing, "While there is no ideal frequency, experts suggest that showering several times per week is plenty for most people (unless you are grimy, sweaty, or have other reasons to shower more often). Short showers (lasting three or four minutes) with a focus on the armpits and groin may suffice."

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