Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days, chances are that you’ve come in touch with the recent drama involving popular YouTuber Rachel “Valkyrae” Hofstetter and RFLCT, a range of skincare products designed to protect your skin from blue light.
Through an announcement on October 19th, Valkyrae launched her very own range of skincare products known as RFLCT. The products have been described to offer a “new kind of screen protection” and are claimed to benefit “everyone who uses a screen.”
“After 2 years, it’s here!” Valkyrae announced on her Twitter. “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.”
However, it seems like a good portion of her followers on social media aren’t too excited about the launch of this new product. Several people have pointed out that there’s a significant lack of scientific evidence to prove that blue light has a negative impact on our skin.
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.
“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 of fans raising questions about the authenticity of her products, Valkyrae issued a response on her Twitter.
“I was told to wait until tomorrow to speak,” Valkyrae posted on her private Twitter account ‘itsraechill.’ “I’m also very confused.”
However, the tweet was deleted shortly afterwards. No further response has been made by Valkyrae or the RFLCT team as of yet.
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