About Christie Brinkley Recapture 360
Christie Brinkley Recapture 360 is an age-defying cream that helps support natural collagen and elastin production and can make you “look years younger.”
To do this, Recapture 360 features a blend of scientifically formulated ingredients that improve firmness, smoothness, elasticity, hydration, and skin tone. You’ll experience a visible reduction in the appearance of existing wrinkles, while preventing new ones from forming.
You’ll even be able to “restore, revive, and protect skin” with Recapture 360’s full spectrum UVA/UVB plus IR sun protection.
Sure, the company’s website talks a big game, but will Christie Brinkley’s Recapture 360 really “deliver incredible results,” or will it just deliver high prices and empty promises? Be sure to keep reading and find out!
Let’s start with the role of collagen and elastin in your body.
The Anti-Aging Benefits of Collagen & Elastin
Collagen and elastin are two of the most common proteins found in the human body, although collagen is much more prevalent. In fact, collagen “literally keeps your body from falling apart,” and is found in your connective tissue and even makes up 80% of the outer layer of your skin.
On the other hand, based on elastin’s name, can you guess its primary property? That’s right, it’s elastic! As such, elastin allows different parts of your body (including you skin) to “snap back” into place.
Unfortunately, as our body ages, it begins producing less and less collagen and elastin, leading to sagging, dull skin, wrinkle formation, and more. But can you make your body produce more of these substances?
In short, yes, including using treatments like Retin A and other prescription products. But according to one physician on RealSelf, “Be cautious - there is a significant amount of marketing around "increased collagen production" - usually non-prescription products cannot effectively achieve this.”
And even if there are non-prescription treatments that can accomplish this, remember that you’ll never be able to fully restore your skin to its once youthful vigor. So if this is what you’re expecting with Recapture 360, you’re bound to be disappointed.
If this is the case though, how well can you reasonably expect its ingredients to work?
Will Recapture 360’s Ingredients Help You Look Younger?
Christie Brinkley’s Recapture 360 appears to only contain a blend of proprietary ingredients, including:
Made by Induchem, this ingredient is a combination of glycerin, water, methylglucoside phosphate, and copper lysinate/prolinate. According to TheBeautyBrains.com, the ingredient’s manufacturer has only one small, in-house study showing its effectiveness, so you “need to take this information with a grain of salt.”
K Vita C
We didn’t find any ingredients online with this specific name, but we could reasonably assume it’s a mixture of vitamin K and vitamin C. Vitamin K is often used to treat skin problems like rosacea, as well as to speed wound after surgery, although there’s insufficient clinical evidence showing it can reliably provide any anti-aging benefits.
Vitamin C is a well-known antioxidant that can reduce sun-damaged skin, as well as prevent future sun damage from occurring.
As with most proprietary ingredients though, Sytenol A’s clinical studies have only been conducted through the company and are not available for public viewing, so there’s no way to verify their accuracy.
Created by Lucas Meyer Cosmetics, Elix-IR is an ingredient consisting of a mixture of water, glycerin, and polygonum aviculare (also known as knotweed) extract. In turn, it’s claimed to protect skin, enhance firmness and elasticity, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
The company claims Elix-IR has been subjected to in vitro, in vivo, and clinical testing, but doesn’t make any of these results publically available.
Aquaxyl “is a derivative of two plant sugars, xylitol and glucose” and is claimed to increase the movement of water reserves in your skin, leading to increased hydration and moisturization.
The company claims Aquaxyl underwent a 28-day study that verified these benefits, although nothing is publically available.
Lastly, Mitostim is a blend of more than 15 ingredients that’s claimed to “help to achieve a flawless complexion, [such as a] complex of ingredients [that] visibly smooth line and wrinkles for a radiant and younger-looking complexion.” As usual, no clinical evidence is made available to support these claims.
Unfortunately, there isn’t any actual product label on the Recapture 360 website, so there’s no way to know exactly how much of each ingredient the cream contains, or if these are in line with the manufacturers’ recommendations.
Finally, there’s no mention what kind of SPF protection Recapture 360 provides, which is a big deal when choosing a daily-wear sunscreen.
Ok, so Recapture 360’s ingredients might not work as well as Christie Brinkley makes it seem. But will you pay a lot for them?
Recapture 360’s Trial & Autoship Program Details
Will the Real Recapture 360 Please Stand Up?
Very important note: As we learned in our Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare review (more about this in a moment), the company actually makes three different Recapture 360 products:
- Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Treatment,
- Recapture 360 + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream, and
- Recapture 360 Night Anti-Aging Night Treatment.
Which of these products is sold through the company’s landing page?
Since it provides sun protection, we can rule out the nighttime formula. Outside of this however, there’s no way to know which of the remaining two products we’re looking at. In fact, other than a $10 difference in price, it’s difficult to tell any meaningful differences between them, even on Christie Brinkley’s main website.
Ok, with this out of the way, if purchased through the landing page above, you’ll pay $3.95 S&H for Recapture 360, which will begin your 14-day trial.
Once it ends, you’ll be charged two payments of $69.95 (total of $139.90), 30 days and 60 days following receipt of your shipment. You’ll also continue receiving a 2-month supply of Recapture 360 every 60 days, and your credit card will be charged $139.90 plus $7.95 S&H each time.
Note: If purchased directly through the Christie Brinkley Skincare website, depending on the daytime formulation you choose, Recapture 360 is priced between $79.95 and $89.95, but without an autoship enrollment.
All Christie Brinkley Skincare products come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges.
In order to cancel your trial or autoship enrollment, or to request a refund, you’ll need to call customer service at 800-548-1736.
A Word About Recapture 360’s Arbitration
All Christie Brinkley Skincare products also come with an arbitration agreement, which immediately goes into effect as soon as your order is placed. What’s this?
Basically, you’ll be waiving almost all your legal rights if you experience any damages from using Recapture 360, including taking the company to court or becoming part of a related class action lawsuit.
Now, as promised, let’s talk more about the company behind Recapture 360.
What Do We Know About Christie Brinkley Skincare?
Here on HighYa, Christie Brinkley Skincare had an average rating of 1 star, based on 6 reader reviews (as of 11/24/15). Among these, the most common complaints appeared to reference failure to work, high price, problems with the free trial, and poor customer service.
Despite their famous spokesperson, Christie Brinkley Skincare, LLC based out of Hoboken, NJ wasn’t listed with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our research.
From a product perspective, we found several online reviews for the Recapture 360 Night formulation, but nothing specifically regarding their daytime or IR Defense formulations.
Given all of this, what’s the bottom line about Christie Brinkley’s Recapture 360?
Our Recommendation for Christie Brinkley Recapture 360
We’ve given you a lot of information to think about here, but it really all comes down to this: Recapture 360 comes with a fairly high price, but doesn’t necessarily come with the clinical evidence for its ingredients to justify the cost.
On top of this, if purchased through one of the company’s landing pages, you might be subjected to an expensive free trial and autoship program soon after ordering. And in general, we’d recommend staying away from anti-aging products sold through free trials.
Finally, although some of Christie Brinkley Skincare’s products come with positive online customer reputations, there is very little feedback for the Recapture 360 daytime creams, so you’re basically flying blind.
Taking all of this together, we’d strongly recommend discussing Recapture 360 with your dermatologist prior to placing your order.