Take a scroll through Lesa Milan’s Instagram, and it soon becomes clear that she is a busy woman who just keeps getting busier. Between weekly date nights with her husband of nine years, Richard Hall, and countless school drop-offs, track meets, play dates, and birthday parties for her three children, it’s a wonder how she has any time left to run her luxury maternity line, Mina Roe, beloved by the likes of Beyoncé, Serena Williams, and Katy Perry. And that’s not to mention the latest addition to her already jam-packed resume: starring on Bravo’s newest show, The Real Housewives of Dubai.
The former Jamaican beauty queen is now a master juggler of family time and work obligations, but she admits finding balance hasn’t always been easy. “Every time I tried to achieve balance, I failed. So now, I focus on maintaining integration between my personal and professional life,” Lesa tells Women’s Health. “I struggle with mom guilt a lot, but I’ve learned over the years that I can’t pour from an empty cup. Taking care of my wants and needs are essential to being a great mom and wife.”
Lesa fills her cup by fueling her body with health in mind.
While looking picture-perfect is an integral part of her brand, Lesa says that nourishing herself from the inside out has been the biggest game-changer for her health, particularly her skin. “For many years, I struggled with acne, and it wasn’t until I changed my eating habits and took care of the inside that I began to see an improvement in my skin, hair, and nail growth,” she says.
Lesa adds that “substituting fried for grilled food” and “eating more berries and veggies” have made a significant difference in how she not only looked, but felt. Still, the reality TV star doesn’t deprive herself of her favorite cuisine, seafood, and says that “a bucket of crab legs glazed with garlic butter sauce” is her go-to cheat meal.
Lesa may be in the spotlight, but she’s quick to acknowledge her commitment to health isn’t about appearances.
“After becoming a mom, I started to put more focus on my mental health. I struggled with ‘baby blues’ in the early weeks postpartum, and I think a lot of that stemmed from all the pressures that I used to put on myself as a new mom,” she recalls. “But I’ve since learned that it [mental health] goes hand-in-hand with my physical health.”
Staying active through the day helps Lesa feel her best.
“[Lately], my fitness routine has been all over the place. One week in the gym five days a week, and another week only once. But I try to stay really active regardless,” she says. Lesa typically mixes up her workout routine between cardio and high intensity interval training (HIIT) with weight training. She’s also recently become “obsessed” with Reformer Pilates.
Lesa says making time for self-care is key for “a happier, healthier life.”
Her favorite routine includes completely unplugging at the spa, having a Swedish massage followed by 20-minute steam, and then spending an hour drinking chamomile tea and reading a book. “It always make me feel recharged mentally and physically,” she explains.
In addition to blocking out her calendar for the occasional spa day, Lesa’s skincare routine is another form of self-care. She’s a huge fan of Shiseido products and has been using their cleanser and oil-free moisturizer “for years.”
At the end of the day, Lesa says, “I feel my best when I’ve done everything on my to-do list and still got to be 100-percent present with my kids. Those moments make me feel on top of the world.”
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