YouTuber Valkyrae Under Fire Over Skin Care Line

YouTuber Valkyrae Under Fire Over Skin Care Line
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After streamer Valkyrae’s skincare line RFLCT drew criticism for its promises to help offset the negative effects of computer light,” the YouTube has issued a statement. Yesterday, Valkyrae posted a voice note acknowledging the pushback and promised to answer questions in a future stream.

RFLCT’s website claims that “the sun used to be the only source of blue light, but with today’s technology we are exposed all the time.” It goes on to describe how all digital screens emit blue light, which it claims can damage your skin and eyes over time. RFLCT says it can “shield” skin from blue light damage.

However, the products and RFLCT’s claims were quickly criticised over a lack of scientific evidence.

Medical experts interviewed by the New York Times seemed divided on the effects of blue light on skin and noted that it could have both benefits and drawbacks. One doctor specifically stated that antioxidants are not a scientifically proven method for protection against blue light. This is a problem for RFLCT, since its website claims that their products’ blue light protection comes from a “super charged antioxidant.” A chief scientist at Beiersdorf, a major skincare company, refuted the effects of blue light on skin entirely.

The NYT also reported that a larger amount of blue light comes from sunlight, not digital screens. One professionally recommended suggestion was sunscreen. However, the RFLCT website does not mention any SPF on its product pages.

While other high profile streamers were excited to see a peer’s business launch, the Twitter responses were less optimistic. Several users pointed out that blue light has a negligible effect on skin, and many called RFLCT a “scam.”

“I also wanted to say that all of the hate and the doubt and concerns and the criticism are all warranted and valid,” Valkyrae said in her voice memo. “I understand completely where you’re all coming from. I also was very upset and confused when I saw the website and there were no links to the studies or credits to the labs or the people that worked behind the scenes to make RFLCT happen. It’s very confusing, lacking a lot of information, but they’re updating it now.”

Kotaku reached out for comment, but did not receive an immediate response.

After criticising the blue light claims on Twitter, Twitch streamer 39daph addressed other concerns about Valkyrae’s skincare line on stream. Despite her criticisms, 39daph said she believed Valkyrae had the right intentions.

“Honestly, I think it’s very commendable and admirable that Rae is trying to branch out of gaming. I just think that the blue light stuff is a little bit iffy.”



  • How commendable she is for being a con artist. We should celebrate this young lady and her audience of gullible rubes.

    • How about we hold off on the name-calling until we see the supposed studies and evidence she has claimed to have backing her product, and then judge her product and target market based on that?

      • If blue light was causing damage as her product claims, shining an LED torch on your skin would give you cancer.

        • Not to mention the amount of “Blue light” you get from screens nothing compared to the amount you get from just walking outside. No joke you would probably get more from one hour outside than 10 hours in front of a computer.

  • Problem is these health fads usually stem from something legitimate that gets exaggerated by media and marketing.
    Blue light is the subject of a lot of study at the moment and it’s quickly becoming the next antioxidants.

  • This seems more like another case of a big name being used by those behind the scenes to promote some shit they didn’t look into enough beforehand. Ultimately as the face of it all the blame still falls on her for not doing the homework, but I just really doubt this was all some grand plan she masterminded.

    The vast majority of people are incidentally be exposed to more blue light anytime they catch even fleeting moments of sunlight than what they would be getting from their screens.

    You’d basically have to be the most extreme shut in on the planet for the reverse to be true.

  • Clearly bluelight is bad for skin.

    I used to go to Blue Light Discos as a kid and my skin has been getting wrinklier ever since.

    It also makes you gain weight and lose hair.

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