Content Creator Rachel “Valkyrae” Hofstetter He’s facing criticism for a line of gamer-focused skin care products called slap It promises to “protect and repair blue light damage” caused by exposure to digital screens.
There is no medical consensus that exposure to blue light through screens causes harm. “No one has established an independent causal relationship between blue light from a computer and visual symptoms,” said Dr John Lawrence, Professor of Clinical Visual Science at City, University of London. He told the New York Times, in February.
A prominent YouTuber and Streamer promoting what appeared to be a gaming-branded pseudo-science triggered an intense negative reaction among some followers. A few studies have indicated that blue light is not harmful at normal doses and can even have beneficial effects; Others accused her of fraud or being a victim of it.
Two years later, he’s here! I’m the co-founder of RFLCT_skin 🎉 It’s a skincare line designed to protect skin from blue light pollution, I wanted to create something that would not only help me, but everyone who has a life in front of screens! https://t.co/CbFUvQUib6 pic.twitter.com/NdjEJzVVcTOctober 19, 2021
muffin lab Chemist and science educator Dr. Michelle Wong said she really liked the Valkyrie but responded with one simple word:NoTo a tweet asking if blue light from computer screens could have a negative effect on the skin.
“Even with a large screen, you would need days or months to get the same blue light as 15 minutes in the sun,” Wong said in the TikTok video. “And if you want protection from blue light from the sun, which frankly isn’t a big deal for most people, these products probably won’t do much. The active ingredients are antioxidants, which are likely to get rid of light-induced radicals in your skin, but This is much less effective than blocking blue light from reaching your skin in the first place, like sunscreen would.
“So you could use tinted foundation or sunscreens that contain iron oxides. And you probably already have antioxidants in your skincare. I’m sure the products are good, they’re reasonably priced, and you’re likely to get more people into looking after their skin. They can include sunscreen. But calm down on the screen.”
Maybe you don’t need light blue skin care… pic.twitter.com/xR96YXlawgOctober 20 2021
When the Rflct font first went live, Valkyrae said on Twitter (via Wayback Machine) that “This has been a long journey with my team; testing, samples, meetings, chemists, and Claudia Boccia teaching/guiding me through the skincare industry.” However, in the wake of the backlash, she deleted the tweet, and walked away from that lead role.
“All the hate, the suspicion, the fear and the criticism are all justified and valid,” Valkyrie said in a confirmed audio tweet. “I totally understand where you are all coming from. I was also very upset and confused when I saw the website and there were no links to studies, accreditations to labs or people who worked behind the scenes to make Rflct happen. It was very confusing, and lacked a lot of information, but they are updating [the Rflct website] Now that it’s updated, I’m going to stream, I’ll answer everything, I’ll talk about my experience and all that. “
There are legitimate questions about the long-term effects of blue light exposure on the eyes. Dr Lindsey Migliore, better known on Twitter as Gamer Doc, told us earlier this year that blue light “It can damage many cells in the eye“In large doses. Fortunately, computer and phone screens don’t produce anywhere near that level of light,” though she added that extended screen use “may affect our eyes in the long run.” “
Nothing has been settled on the matter, though, as many monitors now have “low blue light” modes, and Gunnar sells a range of “gaming and computer glasses” that promise to block blue light.
Miglior said something similar in a YouTube video posted in response to the hype around Rflct, where she explained how “chronic exposure” to blue light can be harmful. However, she said that blue light protection “probably not” most people need, and that the ingredients in Rflct products don’t seem particularly noteworthy anyway: The product descriptions on the website don’t explain what a blue light blocking agent actually is, and the rest Sounds like “essential skin care ingredients”.
But Migliore thinks it’s unfair how much hostility has been directed at Valkyrae for engaging in the same kind of game product marketing that so many companies and other broadcasters engage in on a regular basis.
“Do you need this skin care product to protect you? Probably not,” she said. “But you know what else? You don’t need a G-Fuel to get you playing better. You don’t need Ax body spray to talk to girls.”
“The messages I want you to take from this video are: Blue light is potentially harmful, we don’t know, you don’t need a skin care product to protect you, but just be aware of it. Keep that healthy skepticism when you see a product geared toward gamers, and not just Those run by women. Finally, be nice to each other! What are you doing?”
The Rflct website is now updated with more Blue light information And links For studies on the potential effects of exposure. There’s also a acknowledgment that “sunscreen is your first line of protection” from blue light, as well as UVA and UVB rays. But the focus on the protective properties of Rflct remains.
“While the record of harm from blue light continues to grow, there is more than enough evidence to justify a skincare routine that can protect against it,” the site says. “With the RFLCT, it’s not only elegant and effective, it’s also incredibly easy. Consider it your shield against a newfound aggressor that is likely to do more harm than good.”