Aging skin requires a gentle touch. Caregivers, helpers, spouses and even our own nails can easily tear the skin. Any quick movement or rough handling can cause a skin tear. Wearing long sleeves may help protect the arms and ShinGrins may help protect the lower legs. People who are ambulating are particularly prone to skin tears in the lower extremities. Simple daily routine activities can turn into a painful and frustrating event. Handle with care and prevent painful wounds.