Valkyrae is accused of scamming fans with new skincare products
Valkyrae is accused of scamming fans with new skincare products. What is with celebs trying to scam their own fans? From Bella Thorne to even Rihanna, many celebs have been accused of running some form of scam on their fans and Valkyrae is the newest celeb being accused.
According to Famous Birthdays, Valkyrae is a Gamer who is primarily known for posting gameplay from Among Us, Minecraft and Fortnite to her Valkyrae YouTube channel, which has amassed over 3 million subscribers. She first found a web following on Twitch, where she streamed games such as Bloodborne and The Walking Dead.
She is also a twitch streamer, co-owner of 100 Thieves and other business ventures.
This week, she launched her skincare company this week and was criticized by fans for its “scammy” elements. The skincare line RFLCT has been marketed as being a skincare brand for streamers and YouTubers. The brand claims the line has one key purpose: to “protect” users from “blue light pollution” emitted from screens. Products include a facial cleanser, moisturizing shield, gel treatment, and more.
It didn’t take long however for social media users to point out one problem: There is a lack of conclusive evidence that supports the notion blue light has any damaging effects on our skin.
Before long, the announcement was washed up in a wave of controversy, with many criticizing the products themselves and the very foundation of Valkyrae’s new company.
The company by its own admission recognizes its very purpose may be for naught. Product descriptions specifically state that blue light is “potentially harmful,” not that blue light is indisputably harmful.
Multiple studies in recent years have shown that artificial blue light has no significant impact on human skin.
“Compared to the emissions of the sun’s natural blue light, those of artificial blue light are virtually undetectable,” photobiologist Dr. Ludger Kolbe explained in a 2021 report.
Fans jumped on the streamer saying, “This scam product is based on pseudoscience being sold to a bunch of impressionable 12-year-olds, or all of the other huge streamers joining in on the scam.”
While Valkyrae responded on twitter feigning confusion, fans were not buying it and she immediately deleted her tweets. Her company has also edited some of its wording online but for the time being, no further response has been provided by either Valkyrae or those on the RFLCT team.
The entire RFLCT skincare range is still available to purchase both online and in brick and mortar stores across the United States.
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