Skinvive: An Injectable Moisturizer Beauty Treatment

I tried Skinvive, the first-of-its-kind injectable moisturizer that’s the key to hydrated skin.

Woman getting injection
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Living in Denver is not easy on your skin. The high altitude, the dry climate, the low humidity, the extreme temperatures, the constant sun: it’s hard to stay hydrated both inside and out. That’s the problem. Skinvive is a solution. It’s an injectable moisturizer, promising to smooth skin’s texture and plump away fine lines for a full six months with just one treatment. I went under the needle to find out what the hype is about.

Skinvive sits alone in a new category of injectables now available at skin care provider’s offices. It’s the first—and only—microdroplet injectable made of modified hyaluronic acid, a molecule that naturally occurs in your skin. While it’s been available in Europe and Canada for years under a different brand name, Skinvive was only FDA approved for use in the U.S. on September 18, 2023. In Denver, one of the first providers to offer the injectable is Contour Collection, a luxury boutique aesthetics clinic on South Gaylord in the Bonnie Brae neighborhood. “As soon as the FDA said ok, we hit the ground running,” says Contour Collection’s clinical director Katie Averson. “We do a lot of it—with glowing results.”

While Skinvive is technically a dermal filler, Averson says to think of it more like a skin booster. “It doesn’t add volume, so it won’t change the structure of your face,” she says. “It’s a modified form of hyaluronic acid that’s really light and viscous—this really satisfying, kind of watery material that creates this consistent lake of moisture just beneath the surface of the skin.”

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It works by placing that modified HA directly into the dermis to attract and hold water, imparting a supple feel and glassy finish. The treatment is designed to replenish hydration, improve light reflection, and smooth the skin’s canvas.

To achieve all this does necessitate a lot of tiny injections—a hundred or so between both cheeks but the process is more tedious than it is painful. And it’s quick, the whole thing taking 15 minutes or so after the topical numbing agent kicks in. Some people may experience bruising, but any downtime is minimal.

I noticed no signs of bruising after my injections, and the grid of tiny red bumps at the injection sites had disappeared by the next morning. The results were visible after two weeks and should peak at one to two months, remaining at that level for six. When I met up with a friend just a few days after my treatment, she complimented my dewy skin by way of greeting, assuming it was the result of a good night’s sleep and a lot of green juice. In the coming weeks, words like “healthy,” “radiant,” and “glowing” were tossed my way like confetti. My pores seem smaller, my imperfections noticeably diminished, my complexion refreshed.

Skinvive doesn’t do much—and its subtlety is its main draw. It does just enough. It smooths and brightens without any of the overstuffed features and extreme results that make many shy away from dermal fillers entirely. “It just takes the edge off,” Averson says. “It hydrates and nourishes. You’ll notice your wrinkles aren’t quite as deep, your texture is smoother. It’s like the Paris filter on Instagram for real life.”