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The entire Valkyrae skincare controversy and scam allegations explained

Valkyrae's skincare brand RFLCT's scam allegations explained (Image via Sportskeeda)
Valkyrae's skincare brand RFLCT's scam allegations explained (Image via Sportskeeda)
Riddhima Pal
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Rachel "Valkyrae" Hofstetter has been nothing short of a powerhouse in 2021. Having shifted from Twitch to YouTube, the streamer ventured into a lot of different fields. She became the co-owner of 100 Thieves and then went on to drop her line of merchandise, apart from appearing in music videos of artists like Corpse Husband and Bella Poarch.

She has now ventured into the skincare field, as she launched her very own skincare brand, RFLCT, on October 19, 2021.

After 2 years, it's here!I am a co-founder of @RFLCT_skin 🎉It's a skincare collection designed to protect skin from blue light pollution.I wanted to create something that would help not just myself, but everybody with a life in front of screens!rflct.com https://t.co/NdjEJzVVcT

RFLCT claims that its line of products protects users' skin from the blue light emitted from computers and other device screens. However, fans are questioning the legitimacy of these claims, and Valkyrae's brand has been labeled a scam.


Valkyrae's skincare brand has been labeled a scam by the internet

Valkyrae's brand, RFLCT, claims to protect people's skin from the blue light emitted from device screens. The five products in the skincare line use BLPF, which stands for Blue Light Prevention Factor, and works like SPF.

#WTFisBLPF? We created BLPF™ [Blue Light Prevention Factor] to boost your skin's defense against blue light. Packed with vitamins and polyphenols, BLPF™ combats cell damage caused by blue light and other free radicals. #RFLCT. Learn more at rflct.com https://t.co/W54Mx8t2Nm

Valkyrae's fans and friends were quick to support and congratulate her on her new endeavor.

@Valkyrae @RFLCT_skin RAE I HAVE NOT SEEN ANOTHER PERSON PULL SO MANY BOSS BITCH MOVES IN 2021. THIS IS HUGE!!! So happy for you
@Valkyrae @RFLCT_skin rae this is SO FREAKING AMAZING seeing you push and go further than just the video game industry is so inspiring and as a skin care enthusiast, i can’t wait to try out your product bc i just know you made something amazing 🥺🤍🤍🤍 CONGRATS RAE!!!!! #RFLCT !!!!!

Fellow streamer Hasanabi, too, congratulated her on her line of skincare products, although he subtly indicated that it was a scam on livestream.

@Valkyrae @RFLCT_skin congrats !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i use 3 in 1 body wash for everything but this is gonna make me switch it up ! 😤😤😤😤

However, although Valkyrae had a lot of support, many people were skeptical about the legitimacy of the claims made by RFLCT. For starters, no scientific study says that blue light is extremely harmful to the human skin, which is s statement that RFLCT used to market its products. Studies suggest that the harm done by blue light is negligible.

Haters bashed Valkyrae for releasing a line of skincare products where she essentially "created a problem" just to find a solution.

@zombii_do_tweet @Valkyrae @RFLCT_skin This a an actual scam, a "solution" to a problem that does not exist.
@Valkyrae @RFLCT_skin I do enjoy being a fan of Rae & everyone, but this is 100% taking advantage of an impressionable young audience to peddle pseudoscience. Almost every single person in that social circle show blind support of a scam really makes me second guess everyone I've been following.
@Valkyrae @RFLCT_skin So are there any studies showing that blue light from screens damages skin? Also, did you do studies proving the product actually protects from those damages if so? Not hating I just would like to see studies and I think if you're gonna have these claims they should be backed up.
@Valkyrae @RFLCT_skin Skin really doesn't need to be protected from "blue light". This is just a straight up scam, and the worst part, I don't even think Rae knows this. I feel like I'd almost prefer it if she did.

While the response to Valkyrae's line of merchandise has been awe-inspiring, it is not the same for her skincare brand. People have branded Valkyrae a scammer for marketing her skincare brand to solve a problem that does not exist.

Valkyrae herself has responded to the allegations, claiming that she has been asked not to say anything about the products until the next day. She posted this in a tweet on her secondary account, @itsraechill. However, she deleted the tweet soon after.

The company's co-founder stated that she is confused, along with the Terms of Service on the official RFLCT website, saying that the brand is not responsible for the inaccurate information on the website does not give too much ground for people to trust RFLCT. However, it would be best to wait till Valkyrae releases an official statement addressing these allegations.


Edited by Yasho Amonkar
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