Celebrity Or Not, How Often Are We Really Bathing? Less Often Than You’d Think

Celebrity Or Not, How Often Are We Really Bathing? Less Often Than You’d Think
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When I was young, my mother used to give us a bath once a week. That was it. I am sure there were exceptions to the rule like, if we pooped our pants after the diaper days were gone, threw up on ourselves, or got into a can of paint but for the most part, Saturday night bath time and pizza was a big event in our house.

Then, when I was in about fifth grade, I started showing every day because I hit puberty and I wanted to have some alone time in the shower and all the magazines I was reading were flooded with messages about being clean, smooth, and smelling good.

Also, I was a kick-ass opera singer and tap dancer in the shower and I looked forward to my daily performances.

I remember some boys in my high school saying they showered two or three times a day — once before school, after practice, then again before bed. 

But these days, not washing your kids seems to be a trend among celebrities. MSN reports Kristen Bell doesn’t make her kids take a bath or shower until they “stink.”

Jake Gyllenhaal told Vanity Fair that he finds “bathing to be less necessary, at times.” Gyllenhaal adds,”there’s a whole world of not bathing that is also really helpful for skin maintenance, and we naturally clean ourselves.”

Okay, I’m just going to chime in here with an opinion no one asked for because I wonder what the hell kind of world he’s talking about? Like, all I can picture is Jake in the crack of a sofa cushion with one leg in the air licking his undercarriage. Like a cat. 

I’m sure that’s not what he meant but that’s where my mind is going and I didn’t want to keep those thoughts to myself. You’re welcome.

Mila Kunis says she only bathes kids if she sees dirt on them, which I get. Younger kids don’t need to bathe as much I’m sure. When my three teens were young I gave them a bath maybe once a week, or every two weeks. They didn’t need it and I loved their natural scent.

Her husband, actor Ashton Kutcher, said he washes his butt and armpits on the daily, but doesn’t shower every day.