Can you survive without an eye cream? Certainly. But, if you have specific concerns — like hyperpigmentation, dryness or puffiness — you might want to try one. The skin around the eyes is rather thin and delicate, and more likely to react to irritating ingredients than other areas, therefore a very light eye cream formula is recommended. One that considers the potential sensitivity and has more moderate concentrations of active ingredients. For under-eye bags and inflammation, caffeine, peptides and hyaluronic acid can be soothing. Dark circles can be due to visible veins or actual discoloration common in darker skin tones, so look for brightening ingredients like vitamin C, kojic acid and niacinamide.