Why Valkyrae’s RFLCT Skincare Line is Being Called a “Scam” by Fans
Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter skincare product line, “RFLCT” was announced yesterday, October 19th. However, it has been immediately called a scam, despite other huge names endorsing it. The idea behind it is a “skincare collection for everyone who uses a screen,” according to the Queen of Youtube. The RFLCT skincare collection by Valkyrae is supposed to protect our skin from blue light pollution, but there’s the problem. We already have proof that blue light does cause eye strain. However, there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of proof of it harming your skin. But is this real, or is it junk science? That’s where the problem comes in.
Studies Show Cell Phone Blue Light Does Not Impact Your Skin:
According to a study done in 2021 by Dr. Ludger Kolbe, blue light from your cell phone does not have a “significant impact” on our skin. Blue Light from the sun is one thing, but it is another matter entirely from our phones and monitors. The RFLCT company even says that that blue light is potentially harmful. That doesn’t state it is definitely harmful, only that there is a chance of it. There is more than one study that exists debunking the danger of cell phone blue light. According to Dr. Kolbe:
“Compared to the emissions of the sun’s natural blue light, those of artificial blue light are virtually undetectable.”
The TOS of RFLCT even states that “We do not warrant that the results that may be obtained from the use of the service will be accurate or reliable.” So the announcement was met with an incredible amount of backlash. The announcement was made on Twitter, stating it is the result of two years of work, the Valkyrae Skincare line “RFLCT”.
Not everyone in the streaming industry is behind Valkyrae though. One Twitter user lambasted it saying there is no proof her product does what it says:
“Rachel, there is no, peer reviewed literature, clinically assessing the damaging effects of blue light on the skin, and certainly none presented by rflct. Your company designs trademarks aimed to fool the average consumer into believing that the product is based on genuine science.”
Even HasanAbi yelled about it on his stream, saying he doesn’t believe that blue light does anything and that it’s just soap. The website for RFLCT has also been updated since the original announcement, to say that there’s “mounting evidence that supports [blue light’s] contribution to photo-aging.” Now, we aren’t saying that Valkyrae is intentionally scamming people, far from it. o many out there, it does seem like Valkyrae may have been misled by a snake oil salesman.
If Valkyrae puts her name on something, her young fanbase is going to latch onto it and trust her. Especially with other huge names congratulating her and promoting the product. Will it feel good on your skin? I’m sure it will. Will it support Valkyrae? Yes, more than likely. But does it actually do what it says? Since there’s no real, genuine conclusive proof that Blue Light from our phones harms our skin, the answer is probably “No.”
There were so many comments happy that Valkyrae was making moves like this, and offering a product they can buy. Then you’ve got FaZe Kalei, QuarterJade, and more talking about how great this move is. If this product wasn’t highlighted as a way to “prevent and restore the damage done by blue light” and is instead marketed as a soap or something, we would not be talking about this right now. If marketed as just a standard bit of skincare, there would be no problem. It would be no different than anything else influencers sell. But, as evidenced by the backlash, this product may have not been the best option for Valkyrae.