Recently, popular YouTuber Rachell ‘Valkyrae’ Hofstetter announced her own range of skincare products on October 19th. The RFLCT skincare products have been described to offer a “new kind of screen protection” and are claimed to benefit “everyone who uses a screen.”
However, it seems like her social media followers aren’t too happy about this announcement, as many have pointed out that there’s a lack of scientific evidence to prove that blue light has a negative impact on our skin.
“After 2 years, it’s here!” Valkyrae announced on her Twitter while launching the product. “I wanted to create something that would help not just myself, but everybody with a life in front of screens!”
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“It’s the skincare collection for everyone who uses a screen,” Valkyrae says in the RFLCT announcement video. “It’s designed to protect your skin from blue light that is emitted from all digital screens.”
According to the company, RFLCT includes a unique mix of ingredients known as “Blue Light Prevention Factor” to “boost your skin’s defenses” against blue light as well as repair damage that has already been done.
“It’s like SPF, but for the screen,” the
RFLCT website claims.
However, a number of recent studies have shown that blue light doesn’t have any significant negative impact on our skin.
“Rachel, there is no, peer reviewed literature, clinically assessing the damaging effects of blue light on the skin, and certainly none presented by RFLCT,” a Twitter user comments on Valkyrae’s post. “Your company designs trademarks aimed to fool the average consumer into believing that the product is based on genuine science. “
“I don’t believe a blue light is destroying your skin in the way the RFLCT product presents itself,” popular Twitch streamer HasanAbi said during a livestream.
“It’s just f**king soap. This blue light sh*t is bullsh*t.”
Within a few hours after receiving backlash on her products across social media, Valkyrae issued a response.
“I was told to wait until tomorrow to speak,” Valkyrae posted on her private Twitter account ‘itsraechill.’ “I’m also very confused.”
However, no further response has been made by Valkyrae or the RFLCT team as of yet.
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