Limbkeeper Product Details | Frail Skin Protectors | UK

In the UK Limbkeepers frail skin protectors are UKCA marked Class 1 Medical Devices & registered with the MHRA 

Our Skin

Outer Layer Melanocytes, more commonly called skin cells, make up the outer layer of your skin, or epidermis. As we get older, this outer layer of skin grows

Middle Layer  The middle layer of skin, also called the dermis, is made up of hair follicles, blood vessels, glands and nerve cells. As we get older the glands become less active which in turn makes the skin drier and more brittle, whilst the number of blood vessels decreases which decreases the circulation to the skin.


Inner Layer Fat cells together with sweat glands help make up the inner layer of skin, also known as the subcutaneous layer. Fat protects us from damage and keeps us warm, and as we age and the fat in this inner layer of skin reduces, protection drastically diminishes. Also elasticity of our skin is also affected due to the reduction of collagen fibres which gives our skin its elasticity. This collagen reduction is also the cause of wrinkles.



What a skin tear is. A skin tear is a type of wound caused by trauma that leads to a tearing or a loss of skin. A skin tear can lead to a cut or an abrasion type wound. A skin tear can be shallow or deep.


What a skin tear looks like. Sometimes a skin tear can leave a loose flap of skin. Often there is bruising.

Who is at risk for a skin tear. People with fragile skin are at risk of a skin tear. This includes: older persons; persons who use equipment such as wheelchairs or walkers; persons with poor vision or mobility; or persons taking medicines such as steroids or blood thinners.

How to help reduce the risk of a skin tear. Use a moisturiser regularly.
Drink plenty of fluids (but not too much caffeine or alcohol).
Wear long sleeves and pants.
Be careful when using equipment or handling skin.
Specialised limb protectors are available from some medical suppliers for persons at high risk of skin tears.

When to seek advice from a doctor. If the wound is larger than a 50 cent piece in size.
If the wound does not stop bleeding within 10 minutes.
If the wound bleeds every time the dressing is changed.
If the wound becomes painful or inflamed and this does not settle down in a couple of days.
If the drainage from the wound becomes excessive, smelly or discoloured.
If the wound becomes black.
If the wound has not healed in four weeks or if the wound becomes larger.
If there are any other concerns regarding the wound.

How to care for a skin tear. Always wash hands with soap and water for 15 seconds and dry them on a clean towel
before cleaning or dressing any wound.
If the wound is still bleeding use a clean towel to apply gentle pressure to the area until the bleeding stops.
Carefully wash the wound under water.
Pat the area dry very carefully.
If there is a loose flap of skin carefully place the skin back over the open wound but do not stretch the skin.
Cover the wound with a non adherent dressing. Ask your pharmacist, doctor or health
professional for advice on an appropriate dressing.
Change the dressing if it becomes wet, soiled or soaked with wound drainage.
Try to avoid changing the dressing too often as this can cause more damage.

Prevention of Skin Tears. Made to look and feel like everyday clothing, Limbkeepers will preserve skin integrity while giving confidence and dignity to the wearer, for all ages. Our versatile products help you continue daily activities, maintain quality of life and independence

Excellent for wound and burn care management – protect newly healed skin, thin, fragile, bruised skin causing skin tears, medication induced skin conditions, dermatological disorders, post surgery healing, chemotherapy and dialysis treatment, raynaud’s and arthritis relief, even sun protection during outdoor activities. Our non-compression, limb protectors provide seamless, form fitting, cushioned comfort and can be easily worn under apparel without bulk. UPF 50+ Sun Protection



A superior moisture management lightweight synthetic fiber; breathable, yet retains warmth when it’s cold and coolness when it’s warm. 

CoolMax® Polyester

A high performance polyester made from recycled plastic. Well known for its ability to move moisture away from the skin with an inherent resistance to fading and shrinkage.

Lycra® Spandex

Provides four-way stretch and recovery to enhance formfitting comfort 


Provides durability, quick-drying and easy to wash. Well known for its strength and stretch.


Provides extreme stretch and recovery.

All yarns used in Limbkeepers are used in pro sport socks and apparel.


The polypropylene and CoolMax® polyester yarns have inherent moisture wicking features for quick dry. The blend of these high performance yarns with Lycra® Spandex, nylon, and elastic make a cushioned, formfitting sleeve without compression. The rebound stretch keeps these sleeves from sliding down and helps retain their shape.

  • Limbkeepers Frail Skin ProtectionLIMBKEEPER FEATURES

    • Non-compression

    • Latex free

    • Anti-microbial – helps curb odor causing bacteria (arm & leg sleeves)

    • Unique blend of performance yarns

    • Wicking – channels moisture away from skin

    • Formfitting with four-way rebound stretch

    • Interchangeable sleeves for a perfect fit

    • Stays in place – no adhesives

    • Colourfast – easy care / quick dry

    • Soft and breathable knit

    • Seamless – no fasteners

    • Non-restricting

    • One size fits most

    • All products sold in pairs

    • Sleeves also available in lightweight

    • Stays in place

    • UPF50+ Sun Protection


    Effective for thinning skin, weak skin or skin tears. 

    Don't let the fear of skin tears, thinning skin or weak skin restrict you.

    Limbkeepers  are a versatile non-compression skin covering that offers a discreet way to protect fragile skin from tears, bruises and abrasions.  Limbkeepers are  also suitable for people with IV and/or wound sites.

    Reduce bumps, bruises and skin tears in tissue-thin skin with Limbkeepers leg protector or leg guard for fragile thin skin, and arm protector or arm guard for frail, weak skin. Thin and brittle skin is a problem for a lot of people - Limbkeepers can help!

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     We make no guarantee express or implied, that our products will protect all types of skin in all situations.