Rachell Valkyrae Hofstetter, content creator, is under fire for a line Rflct of gamer-focused skincare products that claim to “protect and repair blue light damage” from digital screens.
Blue light from screens is not a cause of harm, according to medical consensus. According to Dr. John Lawrenson of City University of London’s clinical visual science department, “No one has established an independent causal relationship between blue light from the computer” and visual symptoms. He told The New York Times in February.
Some followers had a substantial adverse reaction to a streamer and YouTuber who promoted what appeared to be pseudoscience under the gaming brand. Some pointed out studies that showed blue light could have beneficial effects in regular doses and was not harmful. Others accused her of being a victim of a scam.
Michelle Wong, a Lab Muffin scientist and educator in science education, said that she loves Valkyrae. However, she replied with a simple “nope” to a tweet asking whether blue light from computers can cause skin damage.
In a TikTok video, Wong stated that it would take days or months to receive the same blue light as 15 hours in the sun, even with a large-ass monitor. These products won’t protect you from the blue light of the sun. This is not a significant problem for most people. Although antioxidants are one of the active ingredients, they won’t stop the sun from damaging your skin.
You’d use foundations and tinted sunblocks that contain iron oxides. You probably already have antioxidants in your skin. The products are good quality, reasonably priced, and will probably encourage more people to care for their skin. It would have been nice to include sunscreen. Don’t worry about the screen.
Valkyrae stated on Twitter, via the Wayback Machine, that the Rflct line was her first. She said it had been a long journey with my team, including testing, samples, and Claudia Poccia guiding me through the industry. However, she deleted her tweet in the wake of the backlash and decided to disengage herself from the top-line role.
Valkyrae tweeted, “All of hate and doubt and the concerns are all valid and warranted,” “I completely understand where you’re coming from. It was also very confusing to me to see the website. There were no links to the studies, credits to the labs, or people who worked behind the scenes to make Rflct possible. Although it was confusing and lacking in information, they are updating the Rflct website now. I will stream once it is updated and answer all questions.
The long-term effects blue light exposure can have on the eyes are a matter of grave concern. We were told earlier this year by Dr. Lindsey Migliore (known on Twitter as Gamer Doctor) that large amounts of blue light can damage “a multitude” of eye cells. Although “computer and smartphone screens don’t emit anywhere near that level of light,” she said that prolonged screen usage “may impact our eyes in long-term.”
Although there is no consensus on the issue, many monitors now offer “low blue light” modes. Gunnar also sells “gaming and computer glasses,” which promise to block blue lights.
Migliore made similar comments in a YouTube video she posted to respond to the controversy over Rflct. In it, she explained how “chronic” exposure to blue light could be dangerous. She said that blue-light protection is unnecessary for most people and that Rflct products’ ingredients don’t seem particularly noteworthy. The website’s product descriptions don’t describe the blue light prevention factor, and the rest look like essential skincare ingredients.
Migliore believes it unfair that so much animosity was directed towards Valkyrae because they engage in the same gamer product promotion that many companies and other streamers engage with regularly.
“Do you need this skincare product? She said, “Probably not.” “But, you know what else?” she said. G-Fuel is not necessary to improve your game. Axe body spray is not necessary to communicate with girls.
“The message I want to convey to you from this video is: Blue light can be harmful, we don’t know. You don’t need a skincare product to protect yourself, but you should be aware of it. When you see a product that is targeted at gamers, keep your healthy skepticism. Be kind to one another! “What are you doing?”
The Rflct website now has more information about blue light and links that lead to studies about the possible effects of exposure. It is also acknowledged that sunscreen is the first line of defense against blue light and UVA, UVB rays. Rflct’s protection properties are still the main focus.
According to the site, “While the evidence of blue light damage is growing, there is more than enough evidence that a skincare regimen can protect against it.” It’s elegant, practical, and incredibly simple with RFLCT. It’s your shield against an aggressor who is more likely to cause harm than good.